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How one of the brave boys trapped in Thailand cave managed to save his friends' lives with key skill

Mirror logo Mirror 11/07/2018 Zoe Forsey

a man smiling for the camera: Adul Sam-on © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Adul Sam-on The story of 12 young boys and their football who became trapped in a cave in Thailand has gripped the world.

For 17 long days the Wild Boars squad, aged between 11 and 17, were stuck in the Tham Luang cave system in the province of Chiang Rai after an excursion with their coach went horribly wrong.

Their ordeal finally came to an end after a dangerous three-day rescue mission by a brave group of more than 90 divers.


And it has now emerged that one of the boys played a crucial role in saving his friends' lives.

14-year-old Adul Sam-on had a difficult start in life after being born into a stateless tribe known for drug-trafficking. But determined to give him a better life, his parents fled to Thailand when he was six.

He started school and became a top pupil, and before long his academic and sporting achievements landed him a scholarship.

a person in a dark room: The boys were trapped for more than two weeks  © Provided by Credits: REX/Shutterstock The boys were trapped for more than two weeks 

Among other things he's learnt over the years, he's fluent in FIVE languages - English, Thai, Burmese, Mandarin and Wa

And it was these language skills which would save his life, and the lives of his teammates and football coach, when the group became trapped in the cave, reports the New York Times.

When the British divers arrived, brave Adul was able to act as a translator and politely told them their biggest need - food.

a group of people around each other: They all lost a lot of weight during their ordeal © Provided by Credits: REX/Shutterstock They all lost a lot of weight during their ordeal

He was also able to tell the divers how long they had been stuck down there.

The boys have all been rescued but even though they're now safe they are still receiving urgent medical care.

They lost an average of 4lbs each and are being monitored for infections.

a person in a costume © Provided by Credits: REX/Shutterstock

The first boys to be rescued have now been reunited with their parents, but some are still waiting for it to be deemed safe by medical experts.

Official help for the rescue came from Britain, the United States, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, China and Australia.

There were also volunteers from Ukraine, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Finland.

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