Mae Sai, Thailand (CNN)Twelve Thai boys trapped in a cave have sent letters to their parents, and for the youngest of them all, foremost on his mind is the prospect of a tasty fried chicken meal when, and if, he is finally rescued.

The letters were posted on Facebook by the Thai Navy SEALs who are leading the evacuation effort that involves pulling the boys through four kilometers (2.5 miles) of narrow, dark, twisting and flooded tunnels. “Dad, Mom don’t worry about me,” wrote 11-year-old Chanin Viboonrungruang. “I am fine. Please tell Pee Yod (older female relative) to take me to eat fried chicken. Love you all,” said the boy who is known by his nickname Titun.On Saturday CNN interviewed his father Tanawat Viboonrungruang, 35, who like the other parents, faces an agonizing wait.He explained the boy’s letter was referring to a promise made to the boy by his Aunt go to the local KFC.Read MoreIn this video posted on Facebook by the Thai Navy seals, Titun is the fifth boy to speak. Known as Titun to his friends, Chanin Viboonrungruang is seen here in the center of an image filmed by the Thai Navy inside the cave. Known as Titun to his friends, Chanin Viboonrungruang is seen here in the center of an image filmed by the Thai Navy inside the cave. Known as Titun to his friends, Chanin Viboonrungruang is seen here in the center of an image filmed by the Thai Navy inside the cave. When asked what his feelings were when he read the letter, he said: “I felt better as my son said that he was fine and strong. I felt relieved after I had been worried about my son that he would be exhausted. I felt better. But I don’t know whether is tired or not.””I am worried about him as there are obstacles to extract him out,” he said. “Everyone knows that it is difficult to stay inside (the cave) but the officials are trying. I hope he is still healthy and would come out soon. I want to send my support to him. I don’t have a chance to talk with him.”Chanin is in his final year of Anubanmaesai primary school in Mae Sai.Chanin is in his final year of Anubanmaesai primary school in Mae Sai.Chanin is in his final year of Anubanmaesai primary school in Mae Sai.Viboonrungruang, who has spent most of the past few days keeping vigil at the entrance of the cave, described his son as a friendly, lively, popular boy who dreams of becoming a professional football player and is a supporter of both Arsenal and Barcelona soccer teams. “He’s been playing football since he was young, and he started it just at age 8 or 9,” said Viboonrungruang.Titun joined the team led by the coach, Akkapol Chanthawong, also known as Eak, 25, who is also in the cave, two years ago. “Back then he played football with friends just for fun. But after he joined this soccer team, his football skills are better. He performs really well with the guidance form the coach.”An image of the Wild Boar soccer team taken before some of them went exploring in a cave and became trapped.An image of the Wild Boar soccer team taken before some of them went exploring in a cave and became trapped.An image of the Wild Boar soccer team taken before some of them went exploring in a cave and became trapped.He said Titun had said he was going training at a local football field on the day he went missing, but didn’t talk about the trip to the cave.”I called him on the 23rd of June at around 3 p.m., but I couldn’t reach him or the coach,” he said. “I wasn’t able to contact him. So I tried to contact him again at about 6 or 7 pm but I couldn’t. I knew that they were trapped at around 11 p.m.”He said he knew his son was among those trapped after a friend asked him to check a photo of the boy’s bikes and other possessions found near the entrance to the cave. Thai rescue teams arrange a water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand on Saturday, July 7, 2018.Thai rescue teams arrange a water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai rescue teams arrange a water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand on Saturday, July 7, 2018.Hide Caption 1 of 32Thai military personnel walk up into a cave during the ongoing rescue operations Saturday.Thai military personnel walk up into a cave during the ongoing rescue operations Saturday. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai military personnel walk up into a cave during the ongoing rescue operations Saturday.Hide Caption 2 of 32Thai military personnel inside a cave during the ongoing rescue operations.Thai military personnel inside a cave during the ongoing rescue operations. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai military personnel inside a cave during the ongoing rescue operations.Hide Caption 3 of 32Rescuers lock hands prior to leaving for a rescue operation. Rescuers lock hands prior to leaving for a rescue operation. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescuers lock hands prior to leaving for a rescue operation. Hide Caption 4 of 32Family members pray in front of a Buddhist statue near the cave Saturday.Family members pray in front of a Buddhist statue near the cave Saturday. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveFamily members pray in front of a Buddhist statue near the cave Saturday.Hide Caption 5 of 32Thai soldiers try to connect water pipes that will help bypass water from entering a cave.Thai soldiers try to connect water pipes that will help bypass water from entering a cave. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai soldiers try to connect water pipes that will help bypass water from entering a cave.Hide Caption 6 of 32Thai forest rangers examine a map as they review their options during the ongoing rescue operations on Saturday.Thai forest rangers examine a map as they review their options during the ongoing rescue operations on Saturday. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai forest rangers examine a map as they review their options during the ongoing rescue operations on Saturday.Hide Caption 7 of 32This image, taken from video on Monday, July 2, shows the youth soccer team that has been trapped in a Thai cave since June 23.This image, taken from video on Monday, July 2, shows the youth soccer team that has been trapped in a Thai cave since June 23. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThis image, taken from video on Monday, July 2, shows the youth soccer team that has been trapped in a Thai cave since June 23.Hide Caption 8 of 32Divers have been able to bring food, blankets and other supplies to the boys while experts debate how to get them out safely. The team was found around two kilometers (1.24 miles) into the cave and somewhere between 800 meters to one kilometer below the surface, according to a British Cave Rescue Council briefing note.Divers have been able to bring food, blankets and other supplies to the boys while experts debate how to get them out safely. The team was found around two kilometers (1.24 miles) into the cave and somewhere between 800 meters to one kilometer below the surface, according to a British Cave Rescue Council briefing note. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveDivers have been able to bring food, blankets and other supplies to the boys while experts debate how to get them out safely. The team was found around two kilometers (1.24 miles) into the cave and somewhere between 800 meters to one kilometer below the surface, according to a British Cave Rescue Council briefing note.Hide Caption 9 of 32The team was found alive by British divers. The search has brought rescue teams from all over the world.The team was found alive by British divers. The search has brought rescue teams from all over the world. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThe team was found alive by British divers. The search has brought rescue teams from all over the world.Hide Caption 10 of 32A Thai military medic provides first aid to one of the boys.A Thai military medic provides first aid to one of the boys. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveA Thai military medic provides first aid to one of the boys.Hide Caption 11 of 32The body of Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL, is carried during a repatriation and religious rites ceremony on Friday, July 6. Kunan died at 2 a.m. Friday as he returned from an operation to deliver oxygen tanks to the cave. He ran out of air while underwater, an official said.The body of Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL, is carried during a repatriation and religious rites ceremony on Friday, July 6. Kunan died at 2 a.m. Friday as he returned from an operation to deliver oxygen tanks to the cave. He ran out of air while underwater, an official said. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThe body of Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL, is carried during a repatriation and religious rites ceremony on Friday, July 6. Kunan died at 2 a.m. Friday as he returned from an operation to deliver oxygen tanks to the cave. He ran out of air while underwater, an official said.Hide Caption 12 of 32Thai police take a break for breakfast as rescue operations continue on Wednesday, July 4.Thai police take a break for breakfast as rescue operations continue on Wednesday, July 4. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai police take a break for breakfast as rescue operations continue on Wednesday, July 4.Hide Caption 13 of 32Water is pumped out of the cave during rescue efforts on Tuesday, July 3.Water is pumped out of the cave during rescue efforts on Tuesday, July 3. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveWater is pumped out of the cave during rescue efforts on Tuesday, July 3.Hide Caption 14 of 32Workers fix the road leading to the cave on July 3.Workers fix the road leading to the cave on July 3. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveWorkers fix the road leading to the cave on July 3.Hide Caption 15 of 32Divers prepare a light to be used for the underwater search on Monday, July 2.Divers prepare a light to be used for the underwater search on Monday, July 2. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveDivers prepare a light to be used for the underwater search on Monday, July 2.Hide Caption 16 of 32Rescue workers wait at the entrance to the cave on July 2.Rescue workers wait at the entrance to the cave on July 2. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescue workers wait at the entrance to the cave on July 2.Hide Caption 17 of 32Some of the team's family members celebrate after receiving news that the team was alive.Some of the team's family members celebrate after receiving news that the team was alive. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveSome of the team’s family members celebrate after receiving news that the team was alive.Hide Caption 18 of 32Technicians lift water pumps to the drilling site on Sunday, July 1.Technicians lift water pumps to the drilling site on Sunday, July 1. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveTechnicians lift water pumps to the drilling site on Sunday, July 1.Hide Caption 19 of 32Soldiers and rescuers work outside the cave complex on July 1.Soldiers and rescuers work outside the cave complex on July 1. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveSoldiers and rescuers work outside the cave complex on July 1.Hide Caption 20 of 32Monks attend a Buddhist prayer for the team on July 1.Monks attend a Buddhist prayer for the team on July 1. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveMonks attend a Buddhist prayer for the team on July 1.Hide Caption 21 of 32Scuba tanks are delivered to the search site on July 1.Scuba tanks are delivered to the search site on July 1. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveScuba tanks are delivered to the search site on July 1.Hide Caption 22 of 32Rescue workers carry water-pumping equipment into the cave on July 1.Rescue workers carry water-pumping equipment into the cave on July 1. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescue workers carry water-pumping equipment into the cave on July 1.Hide Caption 23 of 32A Thai Air Force worker drops near a possible cave opening on Saturday, June 30.A Thai Air Force worker drops near a possible cave opening on Saturday, June 30. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveA Thai Air Force worker drops near a possible cave opening on Saturday, June 30.Hide Caption 24 of 32British cave diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening on Friday, June 29.British cave diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening on Friday, June 29. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveBritish cave diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening on Friday, June 29.Hide Caption 25 of 32Relatives of the trapped team members pray on Wednesday, June 27.Relatives of the trapped team members pray on Wednesday, June 27. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRelatives of the trapped team members pray on Wednesday, June 27.Hide Caption 26 of 32Family members waited more than a week for news of their loved ones.Family members waited more than a week for news of their loved ones. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveFamily members waited more than a week for news of their loved ones.Hide Caption 27 of 32Thai soldiers bring hoses and additional water pumps as the search for the team continued on June 27.Thai soldiers bring hoses and additional water pumps as the search for the team continued on June 27. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai soldiers bring hoses and additional water pumps as the search for the team continued on June 27.Hide Caption 28 of 32Volunteer paramedics wait near the cave entrance on June 27.Volunteer paramedics wait near the cave entrance on June 27. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveVolunteer paramedics wait near the cave entrance on June 27.Hide Caption 29 of 32A rescuer looks for a cave entrance on June 27.A rescuer looks for a cave entrance on June 27. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveA rescuer looks for a cave entrance on June 27.Hide Caption 30 of 32Rescuers search the cave on Tuesday, June 26.Rescuers search the cave on Tuesday, June 26. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescuers search the cave on Tuesday, June 26.Hide Caption 31 of 32Thai soldiers relay cable at the search site on June 26.Thai soldiers relay cable at the search site on June 26. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai soldiers relay cable at the search site on June 26.Hide Caption 32 of 32bpt101 thailand soccer team 07082018bpt102 thailand soccer team 07082018bpt103 thailand soccer team 07082018bpt104 thailanad soccer team 07082018bpt107 thailand soccer team 07082018bpt105 thailand soccer team 07082018bpt108 thailand soccer team 0708201801 thailand cave rescue 0704 RESTRiCTED02 thailand cave rescue 0704 RESTRICTED03 thailand cave rescue RESTRICTED04 thailand cave rescue 0704 RESTRICTED25 thailand cave rescue 070605 thailand cave rescue 070406 thailand cave rescue 070407 thailand cave rescue 070408 thailand cave rescue 070409 thailand cave rescue 10 thailand cave rescue11 thailand cave rescue12  thailand cave rescue RESTRICTED13 thailand cave rescue14 thailand cave rescue15 thailand cave rescue16 thailand cave rescue17 thailand cave rescue18 thailand cave rescue19 thailand cave rescue20 thailand cave rescue21 thailand cave rescue22 thailand cave rescue23 thailand cave rescue RESTRICTED24 thailand cave rescue Viboonrungruang said the first days, when the boys had still not been located, were the worst. “On the third or the fourth day of the operation, I was so stressed out worrying how he could live in the dark and damp cave because I don’t know what it is like in the cave,” he said. “What could he do or what could he face? I don’t know. I was so stressed. So when the officials had announced that they found my son, I was so relaxed.”He said for now the family were not preparing any surprises for the boy, if, and when, he is eventually returned to them.”I don’t prepare for anything because after he comes out form the cave, he has to have his mentally and physically weak health checked and cured. So we don’t do anything for the surprise.”But he said, in any case, his young son will be able to have anything he wants.

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