'We are not heroes', says United Kingdom diver involved in Thai cave rescue

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The 12 boys, who are between the ages of 11 and 17, were going to write their names on the walls as part of an initiation ritual.

Dr Richard "Harry" Harris had a great relationship with the boys while they were trapped in the cave system.

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". Cave diving is incredibly risky, due to lack of visibility, strong currents and narrow passages.

"He's got a very bouncy Australian accent, and they seemed to find that quite relaxing and reassuring". The water was rising and the boys were losing oxygen. It is still undecided whether they will be open all year round given the perils of monsoon season.

"The big heros in this are these children and the four Thai Navy SEALs who were looking after them".

None of the 12 boys had ever been diving and some did not know how to swim.

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"On behalf of the operation unit, we want to send our condolences to him and I do have to thank him a lot", Thai mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a news conference Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening, all 12 boys and Chanthawong had been rescued following a three-day operation by the Thai Royal Navy and Thai Navy SEALs. The news was greeted with worldwide jubilation. When he emerged, he was suffering from hypothermia, dehydrated and shivering.

By the time he was brought out of the cave, he was dehydrated, shivering, and showing signs of hypothermia, and authorities learned he sacrificed his rations of food to keep the boys alive. "Don't blame yourself", said a letter to him from the boys' relatives released on July 7.

However, the fearless South Australian anaesthetist and experienced cave diver has insisted it was very much a team effort, thanking his colleagues and the young boys for their courage. We can't wait for them to be reunited with their families.

When the boys entered the cave they each had a flashlight, they had one watch and one mobile phone with light until the batteries died.

Ewan McGregor, a British missionary in the city of Chiang Rai where the boys are now in hospital, said: "It really is a miracle and a result of prayer and I'm just excited to hear the testimonies of the boys when they're safe and well".

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