First video shows boys in hospital after cave rescue

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The first images have been released of the Thai soccer team recovering in the hospital after being rescued from a cave.

Mr Stanton, from Coventry, is a key member of the team that trains and operates across Powys and Mid Wales. What we do is very calculating, very calm.

"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 British divers involved in the operation include Rick Stanton and John Volathen.

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.

All 12 of the boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue organised by Thai Navy Seals and an worldwide team of diving and caving experts, including 11 from Britain, that ended on Tuesday.

Their rescue was particularly treacherous because the boys, aged 11 to 16, had to swim through tight spaces despite having no previous diving experience.

Volanthen said Saman's death last Friday had brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise "excellent" operation.

'This was completely uncharted, unprecedented territory and nothing like this has been done. So, of course there were doubts.

But Mr Volanthen credited the global team of military, navy and civilian divers who all "pulled together".

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After landing at Heathrow on Thursday, Volanthen spoke of the relief he had felt at making contact with the boys. That won't happen or we'll give them hell. They will stay in hospital at least a week.

"I think he said something like, "all I want to do is go home and become transparent", John Dalla Zuanna from the Cave Diver's Association said.

'So there was relief, tempered with uncertainty'.

On social media, Mr Volanthen has been described as a "real hero" with many calling for him and Mr Stanton to be honoured. There is a lot of responsibility that an experienced diver could handle'.

As well as Mr Stanton, fellow divers Chris Jewell and Connor Roe, both from Somerset; Josh Bratchley, from Devon; Jim Warny, from Co Clare, Ireland; Mike Clayton, from Yorkshire; and Gary Mitchell, from Wales, returned to the United Kingdom on Friday.

The film company says they are now in talks with "senior officials in Thailand both on provincial and national levels".

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

'It was a successful outcome and we played a part in an worldwide effort'.

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.

He replied: "I will see them sometime in the future".

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