Thailand cave rescue Brit diver says: 'We are not heroes'

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Initially, authorities thought they faced a reasonably easy task in getting the boy outs, but rescue efforts were quickly thwarted by rain and rising water levels inside the partially flooded passageways.

Derek Anderson, a 32-year-old rescue specialist with the U.S. Air Force based in Okinawa, Japan, said that at times during the risky rescue, the boys had to be put into harnesses and high-lined across the rocky caverns.

This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy yesterday (July 11) shows a member of the "Wild Boars" Thai youth football team being moved on a stretcher during a rescue operation inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district.

John Volanthen was the first voice the boys heard after nine days trapped in the underground network in Chiang Rai province.

Schnauer was grouped with three other rescuers who were stationed at the end of the dive zone and responsible for carrying the boys out of the cave.

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

Reuters spoke to rescuers and officials to piece together the three-day operation, which - aside from grit and daring - involved a huge amount of specialised and adapted equipment and materials, including pumps, guide ropes, wet suits, masks, stretchers, torches, pulleys, oxygen tanks, space blankets, and food gels to improve their health and energy.

The Philippines on Friday joined the global community in rejoicing with Thailand after the daring rescue of 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach in a flooded cave complex in the northern part of the country. "You did not want to drop them at this point".

AT least two Hollywood production companies are looking into putting the dramatic rescue of the "Wild Boars" soccer team on the big screen but social media is abuzz with the potential whitewashing of the proposed film.

Schnauer said once all the boys were out of the cave, everyone was very happy but also keen to get out of the cave. "It was pretty impressive", he said. "I have never done anything like this as I don't like caves".

Without him "this mission may not have succeeded", the Thai rescue chief, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told reporters late Wednesday. "It went really well".

"Everybody played a part and everybody volunteered to go there and help out".

She added: "I'd like to thank everybody for all their teamwork to get the lads out, it is absolutely lovely". "The kids came out, the coach is good - job done".

"That is important so these children can reintegrate little by little into their old environment, because they will be very traumatised and vulnerable". It required an worldwide effort to make sure that they came out alive.

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