We're no heroes, says United Kingdom cave diver Volanthen


Bill Whitehouse, vice-chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council, said that some of the divers "have been on pretty hairy recovery dives before. the dives in this case were not particularly deep and nothing too extraordinary".

Volanthen also expressed condolences to the family of volunteer diver Saman Gunan, the retired Thai Navy SEAL who lost consciousness during an overnight operation delivering extra air tanks inside the cave and was confirmed dead on Friday.

'We gave them a little bit of extra light, they still had light, they looked in good health.

I think it was the result of an global team of military and civilian divers working alongside the Thai Navy.

"They are the ones who were responsible for their own morale and really their own safety and without them being in the state they were in we couldn't have done anything".

Speaking on his return to the UK, Mr Stanton said: "Are we heroes?"

Banphot Konkum, father of 13-year-old Duangpetch Promthep, told The Associated Press his son - better known by his nickname, Dom - said the team members didn't know rain had started falling after they had entered the cave on June 23. Those handprints were among the first signs of where the boys were, what they had done to escape the floods, and what dangers rescuers would face in their mission to save the boys and their coach.

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All members of the Wild Boards soccer team were transported by ambulance and helicopter to a hospital in the Thailand province of Chiang Rai, where they will remain until given the all clear from medical professionals.

'So there was relief, tempered with uncertainty'.

"The diving conditions were extremely challenging, there was poor visibility and responsibility for another human being's life". Anderson said one of the most crucial pieces of equipment was the positive pressure diving masks, which would expel water from the mask if one of the boys panicked. "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".

"We are delighted with [the] successful outcome".

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.

Fellow diver Chris Jewell provided new details of the operation, describing how Thai authorities had diverted rivers on the mountaintop to help control water levels in the cave. "I'd already counted them, they were already there". "It will be good to get closure".