Saved Thai boys on road to recovery following cave rescue

Doctor Richard Harris right with his dive partner Craig Challen

SUPPLIED Doctor Richard Harris right with his dive partner Craig Challen

A British diver who helped rescue schoolboys from a cave in Thailand says it was "unbelievable" to find the boys alive.

Twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand planned to explore the cavern complex for only about an hour before treacherous flood waters rose to trap them for more than two weeks, one of the boys' fathers said.

"We have two obstacles: water and time", he said this past Sunday, as rain began to fall across the site near the cave entrance.

"We were just using a very, very unique skill set which we normally use for our own interest", he said. "Be good people, be a force for good for your country", Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of Thailand's navy SEALS unit, said in a message to them before boarding a flight from Chiang Rai.

The trapped Thai boys shortly after rescuers reached them in a flooded cave system.

"That was a massive, massive relief".

At the first training session since their teammates went missing in a Thai cave, the remaining "Wild Boars" said they can not wait to see their friends back on the pitch. "I wish them a speedy recovery so we can play football together again".

Mr Stanton insisted they were not heroes.

Yesterday's mission began at 11am local time (5am here) when an worldwide diving team entered the cave complex for the second rescue operation after water levels stabilised despite heavy overnight rainfall.

"The part we played has been made out to be a lot more noble than it actually was".

During the rescue, some Thais said on social media that the soccer team had been reckless in entering the cave during the rainy season.

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Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. With a very young team they did a brilliant job.

In the video, Scott also mentions that his wife also grew up with the former Thai Navy SEAL who died during the intense Thai cave rescue mission and claims he has a personal connection with the story.

"We must remember the tragedy of Saman", Mr Dennis said.

It took over a week before British divers were able to wade into the caves and find the boys and their coach.

Mr Volanthen arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

Arriving back in the United Kingdom, he said everybody had "pulled together" and was "very, very pleased it worked out quite so well".

We are so happy to hear that our son is out of the cave and to welcome him home.

However, the courageous South Australian anaesthetist and experienced cave diver has insisted it was very much a team effort, thanking his colleagues and the young boys for their courage.

During a press conference at Heathrow Airport, Mr Stanton declined to answer any medical questions but said: 'They were carefully handled.

"What we do is very calculating".

"We take it one step at a time and hopefully, as we've managed to in this case, we come up with the results".

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