Thailand Grants Citizenship to Coach and Three of the Boys Rescued from Cave

Adul Sam-on, left, receives an identity card denoting Thai citizenship from Somsak Kunkam, Sheriff of Mae Sai during a ceremony in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, Aug. 8, 2018.

Three of the boys and a soccer coach rescued from a cave in Thailand last month have been granted citizenship, Thailand’s foreign ministry told ABC News Wednesday.

Mongkol Boonpiam, left, receives an identity card denoting Thai citizenship from Somsak Kunkam, Sheriff of Mae Sai during a ceremony in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, Aug. 8, 2018.

All four had previously been stateless, but had applied for Thai citizenship before they became trapped in the cave.

Former soccer coach Ekkapol Chantawong, left, receives an identity card denoting Thai citizenship from Somsak Kunkam, Sheriff of Mae Sai during a ceremony in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, Aug. 8, 2018.

The three players — Adul Sam-on, Mongkol Boonpiam and Pornchai Kamluang — and their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after they were found trapped along with nine other young soccer players. Divers mounted a daring mission to get them out, captivating people worldwide.

Adul Sam-on, left, receives an identity card denoting Thai citizenship from Somsak Kunkam, Sheriff of Mae Sai during a ceremony in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, Aug. 8, 2018.

SOURCE: ABC, by AICHA EL HAMMAR CASTANO