Dr Harris specifically noted the efforts of the four British divers who led the search for the soccer team and laid the rope which would eventually be used to bring the 13 out of the cave.
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A total of 159 navy officials, including the Thai Navy SEAL commander, RAdm.
The group ventured into the vast cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after football practice on Jun 23 and were trapped when a rainy season downpour flooded tunnels.
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Said the SEAL Navy commander: "It was hard but we had to keep fighting".
"We're not heroes", Volanthen said, despite headlines in the British newspapers describing him and the other worldwide rescuers as just that.
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"They are the toughest blokes and kids I've ever had the privilege to meet", Dr Harris told prime minister in a Facetime call earlier this week.
This undated photo from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, shows rescuers hold an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand.
It emerged today that two of the group who risked their lives to free 12 schoolboys and their coach live in our region.
He said: "To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it's just such a touching event and so personal to me". We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe. Experts say the children will bounce back, while Chanthawong may struggle to cope with feelings of guilt.
"We were very pleased and we were very relieved that they were all alive, but I think at that point we realized the enormity of the situation, and that's perhaps why it took a while to get them all out", Volanthen told Reuters after landing in the United Kingdom. "He's got a very good bedside manner".
Narongsak also paid tribute to former Thai SEAL diver Saman Kunan, who died in the attempt to save the boys, saying his sacrifice added to the team's determination to complete their mission.
He credited Australian medic and diver Dr. Richard "Harry" Harris and three Thai Navy SEALs for staying with the boys and coach deep in the cave and keeping them calm and encouraged while plans were being hatched to get them out. "It's kind of bittersweet for what's otherwise been an excellent operation".