Rescued boys, coach say they never gave up hope of being found in Thailand cave

The 12 young soccer players and their coach made their first public appearance since being found alive in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.
7:30 | 07/19/18

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Reporf freedom tas like anything here, it's ntuckyriedhi 11 herbs and spices. We have the social kfc. Reporteha what -year-old il dreamed whalepped in the cave, hopio be rescued. He says every night before going to Slee got on his knees. Here ie small Baptist church he grew up in, it seems his and so many othersayers wereanswered. ?????? since AIG celebrationoys all over this area, theiramilies a welcomin them home. Just an eraordinary atmosphere. All overn lastnight, those 12 young boys were separated from their famies, sck in a dank, dark cave for aost three weeks, finally goi home. Thy nicknamed tee, sward by relatives, sleepy but strong. Hello, how are you? You'rehappy? S. How are youli Reporteoursarlier flashing widegrins. Clad in their un the wild boarscer team suite up at long Hally wng throughhe walls of the hospital that's been the home over week, saying goes to theff that carefully nursed them back tohealth. For theirst time in almt month wh their hands clasped in gratitude, ttiresh air. Arriving their first press confer. Th H been a absolutely amazing moing, hearing all sorts of new details a their extraordinary rescue. Flashi "V" for victory what's been their hallmark. The boys andheir 25-ye-old coach introduced themselves. Names and L. Eporter: Dtors say they lost on age nine while in the cave but have gained roughly sack. Reporter: Joining T boys, E three Navy S.E.A.L.S who led theeroic effort and the doctor who stayed W them in that EP, dark cave. His nickname? Superman. Are you a hero? No, no, no. Reporter: Everyone here in're a hero. Is there one trats in English you can use to de how you feel T? Really, really happy and impressed. Veryha it's been a good day. Reporter: Ed no he admits he was worried the boys uld make it out alive.in honor oth rescuers, half the boys a Ty want to beav S.E.A.L.S when they grow the other half, professional soccplayers. In front of the world today they all apologized for their parents ever goingntcave in the firsplace. Their ordeal 3 1/2 weeks ago. Assistant coach made the rou 45-minute bike up this road towathe cave. Two membsthe wild S who didn't make the TD my colleague Matt Gutman that tea excursions into the caves were thing unusual. I've gone de times. It Tak about five or six hours. Itry all when you went into theav . Because when we visit thecave, we all go together Aring plf flashligs Reporter: The coach today explaining why the team first journeyed there, saying it was something they'd planned in advance and had only planned to there about hour. Reporter: But it was the beginning T rainy . And sure enough, while they were in the cave, outside, it began raining. Hard. The socrm was trapped. The coach clafy the boys actually did know how to im. 'S something they do after too fast aoo high. Reporter: 24 hours after the grouppeared, rescue workers started to make their way . The team remainedpped, aware of night or day, into the labyrinthnking it M lead to an it. En ten days into the team's ordeal, finally a sign of hop an you? 13? Brilliant. Rter: All 12 long-lost boys aheir cch huddled together,exhauste hungry, but surviving bynking water dripping from the cavewalls. During today's press conference, the boys talking about seeing thattish D for the first time. Helping the ois teammates understand. You speak English? A little Reporter: He said hearing th British divers was like a miracle.he didn't know if they were real just a haucination. Reporter: Thioyal Thai vy S.E.A.L. Describing how he lothing O hk to help the children. While inside, the coached his team through meditation to keep eryone calm. For the first timetoday, we're learning the boys volunteered would be rescued F. The team joking about T stay dn in the cave to eat the snacks T S.s had bro them. The world held bath a one were pulled out. Navy S.E.A.L. Who died trying to re them. They'll be ordained as buddhist monks to honor his legacy. At this prayers and thanks. Ths here to have their spirits weld . THR S sitting quiet contemplation with their child gathered at their feet. Boy have just kneeled iof these newly ordained monks. And in the coming weeks, this is that that they will follow. They will too be ordained monks. Each freparing their son for a period O religious service but bore that time comes, thesys to be kids again. At the nicknamed kns home, anr thairadition C his mind back afto long G from home. All across masai, families hi clutching their children tightly, min up for the hugs they missed all Tse days inside the cave of the sleep lady. For "Nightline" I'm J Longman in THA Next here, convicted of a

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