Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Widow of Thai cave diver’s message for the Wild Boars soccer team

Widow of Thai cave diver’s message for the Wild Boars soccer team

The hero Aussie doctor and diver who helped rescue the Wild Boars soccer team from inside a Thai cave used his accent to help relax and soothe the boys during his rescue mission.

The team became captured within a cave in Thailand on June 23 and survived for 18 long days before being miraculously rescued by a courageous group of global divers.

The foreign affairs department also extended its condolences to the family of a former Thai Navy Seal diver who sacrificed his life during the rescue mission.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday global members of the rescue team would be given a "Thailand Elite" card worth 500,000 baht ($15,000) with benefits including a 5-year visa in thanks. Some had pneumonia when they were brought out of the cave but were recovering, he said.

"We have two obstacles: water and time", he said this past Sunday, as rain began to fall across the site near the cave entrance.

They had gone into the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23, for a quick excursion after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. And then the miracle: they got out.

"We were very pleased and we were very relieved that they were all alive, but I think at that point we realised the enormity of the situation and that's perhaps why it took a while to get them all out", he told Sky News.

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Rescuers pulled off the miraculous life-saving mission despite daunting odds over the course of three dramatic days, successfully completing the operation on Tuesday when the last four boys and their coach were removed from the cave.

Other members of the team returning to the United Kingdom were Chris Jewell and Connor Roe, both from Somerset; Josh Bratchley, from Devon and Jim Warny, from County Clare.

'The most important thing to have was a full face mask which had been applied inside with positive pressure to enable them to breathe and to be relaxed enough so not to feel any anxiety during the process, ' he said.

"There was a lot of chaos but we were so task-orientated, focused, and we blanked that out and carried on with the job in hand, step by step, until we achieved success".

Mr Volanthen said: "It's not like that".

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this global operation led by the Thai government".

He said "relief is the word I would use" to describe the moment he and Stanton found the group.

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