06 Jul '18, 12pm

Thai cave rescue: Stateless teen Adul Sam-on, the only English speaker among those trapped, praised as 'gem'

Thai cave rescue: Stateless teen Adul Sam-on, the only English speaker among those trapped, praised as 'gem'

MAE SAI (AFP) - Born in Myanmar, raised by Christian teachers in Thailand, and now trapped in a flooded cave for 13 days, Adul Sam-on's unflinching politeness and startling ability to speak English is capturing hearts. Images of the wide-eyed teen were beamed around the world when he was discovered alive with the rest of his young football team deep inside the Tham Luang cave. He remains stuck in the bowels of the mountain as rescuers work out how to get the 12 boys and their coach out safely, a race against time with heavy rains expected to return soon. "I'm Adul, I'm in good health," the rake-thin 14-year-old said in Thai in a video that emerged hours after the group was discovered, offering a traditional Thai "wai" greeting - trademark politeness, his teachers say. "The first thing that comes to mind when I talk about him is his nice manner. He gives a 'wai' gesture to ...

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