>> Thailand's rescued cave boys woke up on Thursday in their own homes for the first time in three weeks. Many rose at dawn for a religious ceremony praying with Buddhist monks in this ancient temple nestled in the sleepy district of Mae Sai. It's a first step towards normal life for the Wild Boars soccer team after their two week ordeal trapped in a flooded cave.
The 12 boys were discharged from the hospital the day before along with assistant coach, 25-year-old, Ekapol Chanthawong.>>
> We heard some noised of people talking so we told each other to be quite and listen to the noise. We weren't sure, so we listened and it turns out yes, it's true. I was surprised.
One team member described the moment two British divers discovered them as magical.>>
]>> 13?>> Yes.>> The boys say before their discovery they took turns at digging at the cave walls, desperate to find an exit. They had no food and survived only on water dripping from stalactites. Some apologized to their families and admitted they didn't tell their parents about their planned excursion.
But it seems they're forgiven. After the conference their families greeted them with open arms, hugs, kisses and tears.