Thai cave rescue: Rick Stanton says he is 'not a hero'

Postado Julho 14, 2018

"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.

"After an hour when they wanted to leave, the water level was rising".

"When you see Australians who are modest turn up in these most hard situations around the world and they just do what they believe is the right thing", he said.

"He was very hungry with such great pain in his stomach that he cried and drank water dripping along cave fissures", she said.

He added: "We are not heroes".

The twelfth boy and the coach were freed from the complex late Tuesday, after a complicated three-day operation to extricate the boys, who became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water cut off the exit, deep inside the cave.

"I knew that we had a good team, with good support from the Thai authorities, the caving community and rescue organisations, so we had the best we could do to make a plan work".

The coach also dug them into the muddy wall to keep warm and sleep.

"We were just using a very, very unique skill set which we normally use for our own interest", he said.

At the first training session since their teammates went missing in a Thai cave, the remaining "Wild Boars" said they can not wait to see their friends back on the pitch. It's quite the opposite.

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

"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.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have joined the call for Dr Harris and Dr Challen to be presented with the Cross of Valour, Australia's highest civilian bravery award with a petition taking more than 33,000 signatures.

The last time it was given out was in 2003, when Senior Constable Timothy Britten entered a bombed Bali nightclub to rescue a badly injured woman, and then continued to search for survivors. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has signalled the government is considering how to formally recognise the Australian team.

"They, all 13 of them, saw a small passage or a crawl space, so they all dug the hole to get through to another spot, until they found Nen Nom Sao", Banphot said, referring to the sandy slope on which they ended up sheltering.

Back in the boys' home town of Mae Sai, their teammates had not practised together since the group went missing, as the area's residents kept an anxious vigil around the cave's entrance.

Sadly, soon after Dr Harris left the cave his father passed away suddenly.

The decision to swim members of a Thai youth soccer team to safety from a flooded cave was made only after all other options were exhausted, Australian cave diver and retrieval expert Richard "Harry" Harris says.