Three boys from the Wild Boars soccer team — who last month made headlines worldwide after they became stuck in a flooded cave for almost three weeks — have been granted Thai citizenship.
Soccer players Mongkhol Boonpiam, Pornchai Kamluang, and Adul Sam-orn — plus their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong — received identity cards at a ceremony in Chiang Rai province's Mae Sai district office on Wednesday.
During last month's rescue, the stateless boys became a talking point. Many worried about their status following the rescue of the 12 young soccer players and their coach.
Adul received particular attention as his knowledge of English hugely assisted with the rescue effort when communicating with foreign divers who first located the group.
Ekkapol appeared at the ceremony in monk's robes, having entered monkhood following the rescue to honor Samarn Kunan, the former Thai Navy SEAL officer who died trying to save the team.