British diver: We are not heroes after Thai cave rescue

British diver: We are not heroes after Thai cave rescue

Some of football's biggest names are cheering the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their coach from a flooded cave. All 12 boys are being kept away from family members to prevent them from catching infections.

"I want this warm hug once again", his widow Valeepoan said on Instagram, posting a photo of her and Saman embracing.

But Chaiyananta, whose job was to help transfer the kids along between chambers two and three, said they were all "sleeping" on the harrowing journey out.

Parents of the Thai boys soccer team who were trapped in a northern Thailand cave for more than two weeks told the coach not to blame himself for the ordeal.

Four boys were rescued Sunday, and another four were guided to safety on Monday.

Nurses chatted with them and the boys responded with the customary Thai sign of respect - hands pressed together while bowing the head.

Chanthawong had taken the boys about 2.5 miles into the cave after a soccer game on June 23 as part of an initiation ritual which would see them write their names on the cave walls.

"The 13 must have taken cared of each other very well [inside the cave]", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong said. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.

They were all brought safely following a mission fraught with obstacles that ended late on Tuesday.

One of them, John Volanthen, and another British diver, Jason Mallison, met before they departed with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who presented each of them with a souvenir medal, a polo shirt and a lacquered wooden box marked with an official emblem. "Thank you, Richard and thank you, Australia!"

"We will look for a way of securing citizenship for them", said Vitha Tachiboon, of Thailand's youth ministry.

Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who oversaw the rescue operation, said the boys should not be blamed for their near tragedy. "I think there is a worldwide appeal which I think will inspire millions across the globe".

Rescue divers told BBC News the boys were heavily sedated during the rescue to prevent them from panicking in the water-filled passageways, which were barely large enough to fit through.

The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a unsafe rescue and evoking global relief and joy.

The group was trapped in the cave by rising water and rescued in a dramatic operation that captivated the world.

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