Heroic welcome for Thai Navy SEAL team after Tham Luang success

Footage of divers pulling the last boys to safety from the flooded cave

Footage of divers pulling the last boys to safety from the flooded

"I want to tell the guys that I miss them and that I want to hug them", Wild Boars teammate Supaghid Pragaihong told news agency Agence France-Presse. That won't happen or we'll give them hell. A former Thai navy SEAL diver died during the mission.

Mallison and his British diving colleague, John Volanthen, were given medals of honor and certificates of appreciation by Thai military officials Thursday before they flew back to Great Britain.

He said those divers not only found the boys alive but conveyed the gravity of the situation to the rest of the world. "In our country, you have so many friends".

British divers Richard Stanton, left, and John Volanthen at the base camp for the rescue operation last week.

The boys, whose ages range from 11 to 16, and their coach, Ekaphol "Ake" Chantawong, 25, remained in isolation wards in hospital.

Jon M. Chu, the director of "Crazy Rich Asians", says he's planning to make his own movie about the survival and rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in Thailand's Tham Luang Cave.

Mr Stanton described his relief as he and Mr Volanthen discovered that the boys were still alive - nine days after they went missing deep within the labyrinth. A tearful woman, who said she was from Thailand, presented Volanthen with a box of candy and thanked him for his work in the life-saving mission that captured the attention of the world.




"We're not heroes, what we do is very calculating, very calm, it's quite the opposite".

"The result is the important thing", he added.

The video shows several of the "Wild Boars" football team in hospital, after being rescued from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand in a three-day operation which ended successfully on Tuesday.

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

He said "relief is the word I would use" to describe the moment he and Stanton found the group.

"They should realise that not only have they given a gift to these boys and their families, they've given a gift to every other Australian".

"Meanwhile on the ground, the Thais and global community sent in swarms of men and women to provide everything from catering, communications, media and of course the huge teams of workers filling the cave with tonnes and tonnes of equipment to try and lower the water and sustain the diving operations", Dr Harris wrote. "He told me that as soon as they finished practice they went to play at the cave". "He's got a very good bedside manner".

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