The global rescue effort, which saw all 12 boys and their coach safely extracted from the flooded cave system after more than two weeks, hit particularly close to home for Scott.
"We don't see the children as at fault or as heroes".
"The 13 must have taken cared of each other very well [inside the cave]", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong said.
After seeing the news of the trapped 12 "Wild Boars" football players and their coach on TV, they collected donations from fellow villagers for their flight before departing for Chiang Rai and the cave. Some of them, wearing surgical masks, lay on their beds.
One of the boys is showing signs of pneumonia, but doctors are not concerned.
Thai health officials said the boys and their coach survived by drinking water dripping inside the Tham Luang cave, the Associated Press reports. They were allowed to again visit but had to stay more than 6 feet away.
"If you didn't use the water pump in that location, you could only come out with an oxygen tank", ex-SEAL Com Chaiyananta said. Some of their parents are seen crying and waving to them from behind glass. Authorities are anxious about the possibility of infections picked up in the cave.
Two of the first group had lung infection as well, and will need medicine for the next seven days.
"The important thing is. personal space", Prayuth told reporters.
It is believed that the second lot of boys are in better health than the first four who were brought out first because they were deemed the "weakest".
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Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time. It's the news the entire world has been waiting more than two weeks to hear. "Four plus one coach , so it's five".
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They were lost for nine days before British rescue divers discovered them on July 2, sitting on a ledge in a half-flooded chamber.
The youngest, 11, appeared asleep under a crisp white sheet.
The death of Saman Kunan, who passed out while placing oxygen canisters along the route divers had to take to get the children out, highlighted the danger involved in the three-day operation.
Narongsak said: "Today is D-Day. You have made a name for the SEALs unit", a senior navy official told those gathered.
"We are not heroes".
Thailand spent yesterday celebrating the successful mission. The navy has a motto: "We don't abandon the people".
Four boys rescued on Sunday can eat normal food and walk around, and the four pulled out on Monday are reportedly eating soft food.
At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the "Wild Boars".
But Thai authorities have been coy on how a group of boys, many of whom could not swim and none with diving experience, could have navigated the treacherous narrow and submerged passageways of the Tham Luang complex, even with expert diving support.
The Wild Boars were offered free tickets to the Fifa World Cup final in Russian Federation on Sunday (Monday NZT), but unfortunately they will still be under observation in hospital and are unable to attend.
The nerve-shredding three-day mission ended on Tuesday with the final group of four boys and the coach emerging from the cave which had held them captive for 18 days.