Thai cave rescue: Rick Stanton says he is 'not a hero'

Royal Thai Navy rescuers entering the 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.

After returning from a job in Scotland on Sunday, he messaged his friend and commercial diver Fernando Raigal who was involved in the rescue efforts, and Schnauer was called upon for help.

The group were taken out in three batches by a team of 13 global divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a "Hooyah" on their Facebook page.

"And be careful in the future", Jason Mallison, a diver for the British Cave Rescue Council, said when asked by reporters in Thailand if there was anything he wanted to tell the rescued members of the Wild Boar soccer team.

"Theoretically, all people must be under the care and protection of being a citizen of at least one state, but in reality there are more than 500,000 persons in Thailand who do not have any nationality, even though they are born and raised in Thailand", Surapong said.

"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", he said in a video on Twitter. filmed at the rescue site. Authorities have promised to provide them legal assistance in the nationality verification process and if there were no complications in their documents all of them will have Thai nationality within six months.

Footage released on Wednesday showed the boys with surgical masks on, sitting up in their hospital beds and making victory signs as family members looked on from behind a window. All three were revealed to be stateless people as the world celebrated their miraculous extraction from the flooded cave after 17 days.

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They were discovered 10 days later by two British divers, believed to be Mr Stanton and John Volanthen, who found them huddled on a small, dry shelf above the water.

"I'm glad it worked out", Volanthen told the woman.

Duangduen Sittiwongsa, a classmate of 16-year-old Pheeraphat "Night" Sompiengjai, whose birthday fell on the same day the team entered the cave, said they would give him cake when he came back to school. The diving was over by this point, but still the way ahead was hard.

The 12 Thai boys and their coach before they went into the cave. There have been reports that the boys had been sedated, though officials said only that some had been given medicine to calm their nerves.

"If it's not broke, don't change it", Brown said. "When day one went well, we said - we are going to do the exact same thing on day two".

"I was a little bit nervous, I have got to be honest".

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