Divers 'went missing for hours' during Thai cave rescue

The last four Thai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescue mission

ROYAL THAI NAVY The last four Thai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescue mission

"If you didn't use the water pump in that location, you could only come out with an oxygen tank", ex-SEAL Com Chaiyananta said.

Now numerous calls have been made for the pair, along with seven other British divers to be knighted.

After exploring the caves on June 23, the soccer team and their coach were left stranded, around four kilometres inside the cave system after heavy rains and floodwater blocked their pathway out.

Chu tweeted a link to the Variety story on Wednesday and said that while it was too "early to discuss", he believed the cave rescue story was "too important [to] let others dictate who the real heroes are".

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred" and were monitored at regular intervals by doctors posted along the kilometres-long escape route.

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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. Saman's death, the only casualty in the operation, was widely mourned. "To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it's just such a touching event and so personal to me".

The world held its breath over the three days it took to retrieve the Wild Boars.

The first footage of the boys, aged 11 to 16, convalescing in hospital in the northern city of Chiang Rai emerged on Wednesday, with some, wearing face masks and hospital gowns, giving peace signs to the camera.

The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out.

"There is a lot of responsibility, that is all I am prepared to say. there is a lot of responsibility that an experienced diver could handle".

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Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters today that the entire operation would not have been possible without the unique skills that Harris brought to the mission, though he did not elaborate.

The Australian anesthesiologist and his dive partner Craig Challen were key to the boys' rescue.

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"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". You went into the cave with our children and you must get out with them.

A guide book describes the relatively unexplored Tham Luang cave as having an "impressive entrance chamber" leading to a marked path and then a series of chambers and boulders.

They were even invited to attend the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday, but due to their condition won't be able to go.

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