Published: Sat, July 14, 2018

Calls for Aussie heroes in Thai cave rescue to be honoured

Calls for Aussie heroes in Thai cave rescue to be honoured

"We're very glad we could get you out alive".

Members of the Thai Navy SEALs team arrived home to their base at Sattahip, feted by the Thai people but saddened by the loss of their colleague.

The boys were described as generally being in normal condition in a Chiang Rai hospital, though their levels of recuperation varied because they were removed from the cave over three days.

"(They provided) 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", he wrote on Facebook.

We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe.

The hospital in northern Thailand where the 12 boys and their soccer coach are quarantined said Friday they are basically healthy, aside from some minor infections. Without the (Thai navy) SEALs, the officials, and everyone who came and helped, Dom wouldn't be here today. 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", Volanthen said, despite headlines in the British newspapers describing him and the other global rescuers as just that.


"We were very very pleased it worked out quite so well, it worked out, the results speak for themselves".

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

The news comes a day after Pure Flix CEO and managing partner Michael Scott announced that his studio was working on a dramatic adaptation of the events surrounding the trapped Thai soccer team and their 25-year-old coach.

"The Dispatch reports that an article on the Nation News Network website in Thailand said Narongsak was "one of the knights in shining armor" during the rescue", helping to launch rescue efforts when the team was first trapped.

"The Thai authorities took a lot of steps to divert rivers on the mountain top which we believe bought us a lot of time to get this outcome", he said.

He said "relief is the word I would use" to describe the moment he and Stanton found the group. "The boys' health is improving ... relatives can now visit them in close proximity", said Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a health ministry inspector. We're very relieved that they're all alive.

"The 4 Brits then did further supply dives to the soccer players, the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals which allowed them to prepare and sustain themselves for the rescue ultimately". "He told me that as soon as they finished practice they went to play at the cave".

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