Cave survivor's dad describes how boys became trapped, coach's response

Cave survivor's dad describes how boys became trapped, coach's response

"He told me that as soon as they finished practice they went to play at the cave".

"I want to tell the guys that I miss them and that I want to hug them", Wild Boars teammate Supaghid Pragaihong told AFP. He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave.

He spoke of how the British diving team, which also included John Volanthen, Chris Jewel, Jason Mallinson, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley, Jim Warny, Mike Clayton and Gary Mitchell - all highly-trained cave divers - felt as they headed to the rescue mission.

Each boy was strapped to a diver, who shepherded him to the surface, stopping in dry areas along the way, where the boys were carried on stretchers.

The pair were the first divers to reach the boys, while Mr Mallinson, 50, from Huddersfield, helped bring them to safety nine days later.

Many people in Thailand have credited the coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, or Ek as he is known, for keeping the boys safe during the ordeal.

Teacher Kru Nice says 14-year-old Adun Sam-On has always been a leader, despite the fact he doesn't have his parents with him or even an official home. "When they were hungry Coach Ek would use a flashlight to shine on the stalactites above", he said.

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By Wednesday, the first and second group rescued were eating normal food, and the final group evacuated Tuesday are undergoing medical check-ups. "Be good people, be a force for good for your country", Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of Thailand's Navy Seals unit, said in a message to the boys before flying out of Chiang Rai. They were all were rushed to the hospital mostly because of fear of infection. But incredibly, following a three day operation by the Thai Royal Navy and Thai Navy SEALS, all thirteen individuals were successfully rescued.

"Are we heroes? No we're not". It's very calm, it's quite the opposite ...

Rangsarit Sattayanukul, along with many public members, greeted the Navy SEALs at U-Tapao International Airport on Thursday.

Flanked by other members of the dive rescue team, Mr Stanton was asked about his emotions when the boys were found and replied: "Initially, of course, excitement".

Meanwhile, hero Australian doctor Richard "Harry" Harris has been praised for his efforts in the rescue, labelled an "inspiration" by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"Harry", as he is known in the global caving community, cancelled a planned holiday and jetted in to northern Thailand as part of the worldwide team trying to get the youngsters out of the Tham Luang cave.

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