'Please don't worry': touching letters emerge from trapped Thai boys to their families
As the parents of the 12 Thai boys anxiously await news of their children, a series of heart-warming letters have emerged as a mammoth rescue operation to save the group from the flooded caves unfolds.
Letters written by the boys to their families within the past 24 hours reveal the children are hungry and craving their favourite foods.
In one of the messages, a boy called Tun writes, "Mom and Dad, please don't worry, I am fine. I've told P'Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken. With love".
The messages were sent back and forth from the boys inside the caves and their families waiting outside.
Thai Navy SEALs helped to carry the messages, giving the boys' families a much needed insight as to how their children were coping after spending two weeks inside the labyrinth.
Another of the boys, Pong, reassures his parents he is doing well, writing, "Love you mum and dad, you don't have to worry, we're safe. Love you all".
While a boy called Nick writes, "Mum and Dad, I love you and Toi. If we get out, Mum and Dad - please take me out for some Pork Pan BBQ".
The boy's coach, who took the children into the caves after football practice, also shared a message from underground.
"To the parents of all the kids, right now the kids are all fine, the crew are taking good care," he writes.
"I promise I will care for the kids as best as possible.
"I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologise to the parents."
The coach also wrote to his relatives waiting on the outside, "To my aunt and grandmother, I am doing well, please don't be too worried about me.
"Take care of yourselves. Aunt please tell grandmother to make vegetable dip and pork rind. Once I'm out, I'll go eat. Love everyone."
Despite their ordeal, one of the trapped children had thoughts about getting out and helping his mother work at the local market.
"Please don't worry Dad and Mum, Biw has been gone for two weeks, I will help mom sell her goods every free day, I'll quickly make my way."
Another simply reads, "Please don't worry, be happy. Dad, mum, younger sibling, family".