We're not heroes, says British diver who led Thai cave rescue

We're not heroes, says British diver who led Thai cave rescue

John Volanthen, one of the two British divers who found the boys, played down the gallantry. In total, 19 divers assisted in the rescue of the final five members of the group, said to be the one of the toughest rescue operations to date.

Volanthen and another British diver, Richard Stanton, were the first rescuers to locate the boys and their coach in the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave in northern Thailand.

The rescue mission captivated the world after the group was discovered by two British divers on July 2.

They were brought out safely following an extraordinary saga of worldwide cooperation and ingenuity, as experts from many fields planned how to manoeuvre all 13 out alive.

The boys and their coach have been in hospital since then. In a letter last weekend he apologised to the boys' parents but they replied stating, "please don't blame yourself".

"I want to tell the boys, please don't blame yourselves", Valeepoan Kunan said, as reported by Reuters.

"I hope he will come back to work and resume his normal life".

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All 12 boys and their coach were rescued by Tuesday evening after a harrowing three day rescue mission, and remain in "good condition" in the hospital where they're recovering.

Harris, known to friends as "Harry", was part of the expert team who successfully saved all 13 members of the soccer team, who were trapped inside the cave for 17 days after heavy rain caused the cave system to flood.

"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is nearly beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation", they said. As they were coming down the slope, we were counting them until we got to 13. unbelievable, ' he said.

The children and their 25-year-old football coach were retrieved following a risky three-day operation which concluded on Tuesday. Released video footage shows that they appear to be in good spirits, but they will stay in quarantine for a week.

"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.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this worldwide operation led by the Thai government".

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