Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Thailand cave rescue: Brit divers who found boys 'deserve George Cross'

Thailand cave rescue: Brit divers who found boys 'deserve George Cross'

None of the four boys who were the first group to be evacuated from the cave has a fever, and the three boys who have minor lung infections are improving, Thai officials said, adding that they are taking less medication and can eat anything they want.

"The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among mankind", he said.

Anaesthetist Richard Harris, who did the final medical checks of the 12 trapped boys and their coach, was among the divers who successfully ended on Tuesday a mission that had gripped the attention of the world.

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Earlier on Thursday, footage emerged of the boys recovering in hospital, sitting up and even waving at the camera, while their parents watched from behind the glass.

Thai doctors said the boys each lost about 2 kilograms, or roughly 4.5 pounds, from the ordeal. "The coach was the one to choose", he said.

One of them, John Volanthen, and another British diver, Jason Mallison, met before they departed with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who presented each of them with a souvenir medal, a polo shirt and a lacquered wooden box marked with an official emblem.

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The complex mission for the rescuers from Thailand, the U.S., Britain, Australia and other countries to guide the boys and coach through the cave's flooded passageways riveted people worldwide. He also acknowledged the loss of a former navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, who died last week while replenishing air tanks inside the cave.

"[The Australians] have been a big help, especially the doctor", the leader of the rescue mission, acting Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotanakorn told an Australian Nine News reporter on Wednesday. He lauded the cooperation between Thai and worldwide rescuers.

This undated photo from video released via the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook Page shows rescuers holding an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand.

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The complex mission for global and Thai divers to guide the boys and coach through the cave's flooded and tight passageways had riveted people worldwide. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team". "We wish them a speedy recovery", they said. Before their discovery, they survived by drinking water dripping into their cramped refuge. "They are children being children, it was an accident", he said.

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