Bill Shorten backs award for Australian doctor’s Thai rescue bravery

Bill Shorten backs award for Australian doctor’s Thai rescue bravery

He and other British divers who aided in the rescue returned to Heathrow on Friday morning. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

British cave-diver John Volanthen walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in full kit without any response to reporter's questions, June 28, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

At least two Hollywood producers are already plotting a movie project about the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach in anticipation of global box office success.

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

Rick Stanton, who was the first to reach the group along with his colleague, John Volanthen, has today spoken of his relief when he found them all alive.

"Craig and I have had a spotlight on our efforts and we want to make everyone realise that while we might have become the face of this rescue for some reason, everyone should know that the role we played was no more or less important than all the many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people I have mentioned", he said.

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

All 12 boys and their coach were rescued by Tuesday evening after a harrowing three day rescue mission, and remain in "good condition" in the hospital where they're recovering.

"But it was what they faced, and what they had to do in there, which was extraordinary", he told The Telegraph.

The 12 Thai schoolboys rescued from a cave this week were reportedly given a "small sedative" before they embarked on a rescue mission that continues to grab global headlines.

"We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", Volanthen said.

A mother of one of the SEAL members who participated in this operation, Sumalee Maksri, said she was delighted that her son successfully completed his mission, adding that she previously felt anxious because he did not give any details of his assignment.

"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is nearly beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation", they said.

Twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand planned to explore the cavern complex for only about an hour before treacherous flood waters rose to trap them for more than two weeks, one of the boys' fathers said.

"I think Dr. Harry, the Australian doctor, he's very good", Volanthen said. "So, that seemed to work".

"It's an absolute tragedy", he said.

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