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Thai cave rescue: Boys write to their parents with love, food requests and 'don't forget my birthday'

By Southeast Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane and Supattra Vimonsuknopparat, Monday July 9, 2018 - 07:31 EST
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Members of the team have written to their parents from inside the cave. - ABC licensed

The 12 boys and their coach, trapped deep in a Thai cave, have written short notes to their families. Here's what they said in those letters:

Dom, 13 (Dwangphech Phromtheph)
"I am fine, it is a bit cold but don't worry. Please don't forget my birthday."

Nic, 15 (Phiphat Photi)
"Mum and dad I love you, and I love nong [his brother or sister] too. If I can get out please take me to eat crispy pork. Love you mum, dad, nong. �"

Mark, 13 (Mongkhon Bunpeiyem)
"Mum, are you well at home? I am fine. Please tell my teacher as well. Love you Nam Hom [mother's name]

Mix, 13 (Phanumat Saengdee)
"Don't worry, I miss you all — grandpa, aunty, dad, mum and nong [his brother or sister]. I love you all. I am happy, the SEAL team is taking care of us very well. Love you all."

Pong, 13 (Somphong Jaiwong)
"Mum and dad I love you, please don't worry. I am safe now. Love you all."

Adul, 14 (Adun Samon)
"No need to worry about us anymore. I miss you all. I really want to get out so much. ��"

Titan, 11 (Chanin Wibulrungreung)
"Mum and dad, don't worry about me please, I am fine. Please tell P'Yod, get ready to take me to fried chicken"

Night, 16 (Phiraphat Sompheiyangjai)
"I love you, mum and dad, please don't worry about me. I love you all."

Dun, 14 (Nattawut Takhamsai)
"I missed you mum and dad and [illegible name]. I love you mum and dad, please don't worry, I can take care of myself."

Note, 14 (Prajak Sutham)
"I am safe, please don't worry. I love you mum, dad and everyone. �"

Bew, 14 (Aekarut Wongsukjan)
"Please don't worry, mum and dad. I have been gone for two weeks. I will go back and help you with the shop when I can. I will try to go soon."

Tee, 16 (Phonchai Kumluang)
"Mum, dad, brother and sister and family please don't worry, I am very happy."

Ek, 25 (Ekkapol Janthawong, assistant coach)
"Dear all parents, we all are fine. The [rescue] team is taking care of us very well. I promised that I will take the best care of the boys. Thanks for all support and I apologise to all parents"

"Dear aunty and grandmother, I am fine, please don't worry about me too much. Please take care of your health. Please tell grandmother to make pork crackling with dipping sauce for me. I will go and eat when I get out. Love you all"

In different handwriting, probably from a navy SEAL, a summary of the boys' messages to their families has also been written:

"Don't worry about us, everyone is healthy."

"We want to eat so many types of food."

"When we get out we want to get home right away."

"Teacher, don't give us too much homework."


© ABC 2018

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