‘Mum and dad, don’t worry about me’: Heart-rending letters from the 12 boys trapped inside Thai cave as they try to REASSURE their parents (and beg not to be given too much homework after they escape)
- Footballers trapped in a cave in Thailand have written letters to their parents
- In the letters they urge their parents not to worry about them and say they are being well looked after
- Their coach has also written a letter to the parents of the young footballers
- In the letter he issues a humbling apology and vows look after their loved-ones ‘to the best of his ability’
Heart-rending letters of love from the stranded Thai footballers to their anxious parents waiting for their rescue from the flooded cave have emerged.
The letters were delivered by divers and emerged last night
The missing boys urge their mums and dads not to worry about them and say they are being well looked-after by their Thai Navy Seal ‘brothers’, who are coordinating the evacuation from the Tham Luang cavern.
The youngsters beg their teachers not to bombard them with homework after their escape and list dishes they long to eat when they emerge from their underground prison.
The young Thai footballers trapped in the Tham Luang cave have written these heartfelt messages to their parents
A handwritten message written by a diver during a rescue mission to free 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave. In the message the children people ‘not worry about them’ and that ‘they are all strong’. They also say in the letter that they want to ‘eat many things’, ‘go home immediately once they get out’ and ask teachers ‘not to give them too much homework’
The 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they’ve been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance
With tear-jerking simplicity the boys from the Wild Boar football club say they want to go ‘straight home’, in a collective letter from all 12.
And they appeal to their parents, grand-parents, brothers and sisters not to worry about them in individual letters from each boy.
Their coach, who organised the ill-fated excursion, issues a humbling apology to the parents and vows look after their loved-ones ‘to the best of my ability’.
‘We are all strong, do not worry about us,’ the boys say in the letter from all 12.
‘When we are out we want to eat so many things.
‘When we are out we would like to go straight home.
‘And we beg the teacher not to give us a lot of homework.’
In the individual letters, which emerged last night, one boy apologies to his parents for being away so long and promises to help them run their shop.
Another boy asks his brother to take him out for fried chicken and another asks his parents to take him to a barbecue restaurant.
A handwritten message written by one of the boys who are trapped in the Tham Luang cave
Thai soldiers and police officers are seen as rescue operations continue for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province
Prajak Sutham’s, grandmother of footballer Kiangkham Janthapoon, holds a photo of him with his parents when he was aged 2
In his message (seen at top of the notepaper) , Sompong ‘Pong’ Jaiwong reads, ‘I love you, Dad and Mom. Don’t worry about me, I’m safe now. I love everyone’. The second message from Nick reads, ‘I love you, Dad and Mom, and also young brother Doi. Once I get out, please bring me to eat pork too. I love you, mom, dad and young brother.’
The first message reads: ‘Mom, how are you doing at home? I am fine. Please also tell this to the head coach’. Second message reads: ‘Don’t worry about me. I miss everyone – Grandpa, Nam, Mom, Dad and everyone else. I love everyone. I’m doing great in here. All the brother SEAL officials are taking great care of me. I love everyone.’
A handwritten message written by a boy, who is trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai along with his soccer teammates and coach, is seen on a piece of paper in this undated photo obtained from social media
A glimpse into the damp conditions and terror experienced by the youngsters for the past two weeks is revealed in just a few words as one boys says he ‘hopes’ to get out and another describes how cold it is inside the flooded cave.
Others simply tell their families how much they love and miss them.
One asks his parents not to forget his birthday.
Ekkarat Wongsukjan, 14, wrote: ‘Mum and dad, don’t worry about me.
‘I’m only away for two weeks.
‘When I’m out I will help you working in the shop.
‘I trying to get out of here as quickly as possible.’
Sompong Jaiwong, 13, wrote: ‘Dear mum and dad, I love you
Don’t worry about me. I am safe now. I love you.’
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Pipat Phothi, 15, wrote: ‘Mum and Dad,
I love you and my little sibling [it is the same word for brother and sister in Thai] too.
‘If I manage to get out could you please take me a barbecue restaurant.
‘I love you dad, mum and sibling.’
Mongkol Boonpiam, 13, asked: ‘Mum are you at home? How are you?
‘I am fine.
‘Please tell my teacher that I am ok.
‘I love you mum.’
Panumas Saengdee, 13, wrote: ‘Don’t worry about me.
‘I miss everyone. I miss grandpa, auntie, mum, dad and all my brothers and sisters.
‘I love you all.
‘I’m ok inside here.
‘The Navy Seals brothers are taking care of use very, very well.
‘I love you all.
Duangphet Promthep, 13, wrote: ‘I am good but it’s a little bit cold here.
‘Don’t worry about me.
‘And don’t forget to organize a birthday party for me.’
Adul Sam-on, 14, appeals to parents: ‘You don’t have to worry about us any more. I miss you all.
‘I really want to go home now.’
Prajak Sutham, 14, told his parents: ‘I am safe now.
‘Don’t worry about me.
‘I love you mum and dad.’
Nattawut Takhamsai, 14, wrote: ‘Mum and dad, I miss you. And I love you
‘Don’t worry about me. I can take care of myself.’
First message from Duangpetch Promthep (centre), who is known as Dom, reads, ‘I am fine. The air might be bit scarce, but don’t worry. But don’t forget about my birthday party. Second message from Adul Sam (right) reads: ‘Don’t worry about us now. I miss everyone. I want to go back quickly’.
Pornchai Khamluang, 16, said: ‘Mum, dad, siblings and all my family members, Don’t worry about me I am ok.’
Chanin Wiboonrungruang, 11, wrote: ‘Mum and dad, please don’t worry about me I am fine.
‘Please tell [brother] Yot to take me to the fried chicken restaurant when I am out.’
Coach Ekkapol Chantawong, 25, apologies to all of the parents and in a separate message asks his grandmother to prepare his favourite meal.
He wrote: ‘To all the parents of the boys
‘The boys are now doing fine.
‘The authorities are taking care of us very well.
‘I promise that I will look after your children to the best of my ability.
‘Thank you for all the support from everyone.
‘My deepest apologies to all of you parents of the boys.’
To his aunt and grandmother he wrote: ‘Dear Aunt and grandma,
‘I am good. Do not worry about me too much.
‘Please take care of yourselves.
‘Auntie please tell grandma to cook crispy pork for me.
‘I really want to eat it when I am out.’
The hearbroken parents of the footballers have written their own messages of love to their children. It is believed the youngsters did not receive these before they wrote home.
These letters give a unique insight into the stress and heartache the mums, dads and other relatives are suffering as they wait anxiously at the cave entrance for their boys.
They all urge the youngsters to be strong and prepare themselves physically for the dangerous evacuation of the flooded cave.
The mothers tell their boys no one is angry with them and that they are not in trouble. They say they love and miss them.
In message (seen at the top of the notepaper), Ekkarat Wongsookchan (right), says, ‘Don’t worry about me, dad and mom. I’m only missing for two weeks. I will go and help you at the store everyday, I’ll quickly get out.’ Message from Tii reads, ‘Don’t worry about me, dad, mom, and the family. I’m very happy.’
In a joint letter to coach Ekkapol Chantawong they say they don’t blame him and thank him for looking after their children in the dark.
With tear-jerking emotion, the mother of Chanin Wiboonrungruang said: ‘mum is waiting for you outside. I love you and I miss you a lot.
‘Be patient and keep on fighting. You must be strong. I am waiting for you.We must make it out.I believe you can make it. I am here to support you.I love you very much. Daddy loves you too. We love you a lot.’
In her letter the mother of Mongkol Boonpiam wrote: ‘Mummy is waiting for you outside the cave. I miss you.
‘Don’t feel pity for yourself, I really love you.Please take care of yourself.’
The parents of Peerapat Sompioangjai, Boon [dad] and O [mum] said: ‘Dad and mum are waiting to organisee a birthday party for you.
Keep yourself strong. I know you can do it. Do not worry about anything.
Dad, mum and sister Nam, grandpa and grandma and all the other family give you our support.
Dad and mum love you.’
Mother of Prajak ‘Note’ Sutham, Ratdao Janthapoon, wrote: ‘mum and dad are here waiting for you like everyone else.
Please look after yourself. Mum and dad miss you a lot.
Please tell the coach not to worry. We are not angry at him.’
A message from Brother Ton reads, ‘Dad and Mom, don’t worry about me, I am fine. Prepare fried chicken for me to eat. I love you.’ A message (centre of the notepaper) from the footballer’s coach Ekkapol Chantawong (right with the players) reads: ‘To the relatives of all the children right now, the children are fine. They are with the caretaker team who is taking good care of them. I promise that I will take care of them to the best that I can. Thank you for all the support and I am sorry. Another message says: ‘To Uncle and Grandma, I am fine, don’t worry about me too much. Take care of yourselves. Uncle, please tell Grandma to make vegetable smoothie and crispy pork skin as I want to eat them when I get out. I love everyone’.
The parents of pipat Phothi, Bee [dad] Nang [mum] and younger sister Bonus said just: ‘look after yourself. Dad and mum are waiting for you.’
And the parents of Ekkarat Wongsukjan said: ‘dad and mum miss you. We love you always.’
Many of the parents added words of encouragement to coach within their letter to their son.
The parents of Sompong Jaiwong, Chai [dad] and Orn [mum], wrote: ‘take care of your health. Be strong.
‘Dad and mum and everybody is waiting for you outside. We are waiting to welcome you back safely. Thank you coach for looking after the 12 boys. Tell coach not to worry.
All of the parents would like to thank the coach for looking after the boys.’
The grandfather of Panumas Saengdee, Grandpa Lek, said: ‘I wish all of you and the coach to be strong.
I wait for you outside. I hope you stay healthy.
Don’t be afraid that anyone will blame you. I don’t blame you. I love you always.’
The parents of Adul Sam-on wrote: ‘‘mum and dad really want to see your face again. We pray for you and your friends.
We want to see you as soon as possible. When you get out of the cave please thank all the rescuers. Trust in God.
Don’t worry about anything. Dad and mum will be here until you get out.’
To the coach. ‘I would like to thank you for taking care of the boys all the time that they are in the dark.’
First message from Peerapat Sompiangjai (centre), known as Night, reads: ‘I love dad, mom, and big brother. Don’t worry about me. I love every one’ followed by a heart sign. The second message from Nattawut ‘Tle’ Takamsai (right) reads: ‘I miss dad and mum, I think of you every day. I love you, mum and dad. Don’t worry about me, I can take care of myself’ followed by a heart sign.
And in their joint letter to the coach they asked him to bring their beloved children out safely.
The wrote: ‘We would like to thank you for taking care of our children. Don’t blame yourself. Do not worry.
‘We are not angry with you at all. We understand the situation and would like to give your our moral support.
‘Thank you again for taking care of your little brothers.
You went there together and you will come out together. Please bring them out safely.
We are waiting for you all here outside the cave.’ And the coach Ekkapol’s aunt added no one was blaming him.
She wrote: ‘I am waiting for you outside the cave. Don’t trouble yourself. Take care of yourself.
No one blames you. Auntie, grandma and all of the family are waiting for you outside. Fight on.
We are supporting you. We miss you. No one blame you.
Many people are giving you moral support. Fight on.
I love you. Please bring your little brothers out.’
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