The 12 boys of the "Wild Boars" team and their coach are recovering after last week's dramatic multinational rescue that drew global attention. They are to be discharged on Thursday from a hospital in the northern town of Chiang Rai.
The group also prayed for Samarn Kunan, 38, a former member of Thailand's elite SEALs unit, who was the only casualty of the operation when he died after taking oxygen tanks into the cave.
Thai legend says the cave, named Tham Luang Nang Non, or "cave of the reclining lady", marks the spot where a beautiful princess committed suicide after her father's soldiers killed her lover, a commoner.
"We said sorry to Jao Mae Nang Non," said Nippon, referring to the princess whose spirit is believed to protect the cave and which many Thais feared was disturbed by the throng of rescuers, volunteers and media during the 17-day operation.
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