Heroic welcome for Thai Navy SEAL team after Tham Luang success

Heroic welcome for Thai Navy SEAL team after Tham Luang success

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has backed bestowing a bravery award on the Adelaide doctor who played a crucial role in the rescue of the young Thai soccer team from a submerged cave.

Mr Volanthen also paid tribute to Thai navy rescue diver Saman Kunan, who died in the cave while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise "excellent" operation.

"I feel like it is the first opportunity to really stop and reflect on the extraordinary events of the past 8 days since Craig and I were deployed as a small AUSMAT team to the rescue in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand", Dr Harris wrote.

"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is nearly beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation", they said.

Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, co-producer Adam Smith said: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly".

Two British divers found the boys and their coach on a ledge several kilometres inside the cave on Monday last week, nine days after they went missing. And then the miracle: they got out.

"But it was what they faced, and what they had to do in there, which was extraordinary".

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"We need to prepare both the children and their families for the attention they will receive when they come out", Piyasakol said. "And so there was relief tempered with uncertainty".

The complex operation saw four boys rescued Sunday, four more on Monday and the last four on Tuesday, along with the team's coach.

'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'.

Returning with Mr Stanton were fellow divers Chris Jewell and Connor Roe, both from Somerset, Josh Bratchley from Devon, Jim Warny from Co Clare, Mike Clayton from Yorkshire and Gary Mitchell from Machynlleth in Powys.

'The diving conditions were extremely challenging, there was poor visibility and responsibility for another human being's life.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this worldwide operation led by the Thai government". During the brief press conference at Heathrow, Mr Stanton declined to answer any medical questions but said: "They were carefully handled".

"I believe it will become another highlight in Thailand", he said. "But I think at that point we realized the enormity of the situation and that's perhaps why it took awhile to get them all out".

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