Classmates of trapped boy in Thai cave reveal heart-warming gesture

Leroy Wright
July 14, 2018

It's an inspiring story fit for Hollywood: 12 courageous young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks, dauntless rescuers risking life and limb to save the team, a wave of support from dozens of countries as the world watched with bated breath for the rescuers to emerge victorious with the Wild Boars safe in hand.

His efforts to help bring the 12 boys and their coach to safety was also marked by personal tragedy, with his father passing away just hours after the mission was completed.

He added: "We are not heroes".

Their predicament and successful rescue gripped the world with rescuers from the Thailand, Britain, Australia, US, and other countries coming together to get the boys and their coach out safely.

He denied he was a hero and said he was using a "very unique skill set" to "give something back to the community".

Even before all 13 people had been brought out, United States studio Pure Flix - which makes inspirational Christian films - had announced its producers were on the ground interviewing rescue workers for a potential film.

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".

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"Meanwhile on the ground, the Thais and global community sent in swarms of men and women to provide everything from catering, communications, media and of course the huge teams of workers filling the cave with tonnes and tonnes of equipment to try and lower the water and sustain the diving operations", Dr Harris wrote. Thongchai said the hospital also provided mental care and consultations although they all appeared to have no stress nor worries over what happened.

But bursts of monsoon rain caused the water inside the cave to rise, leaving them trapped.

Volanthen, an IT consultant in his 40s who is based in Bristol, and Stanton, a firefighter from Coventry who is in his 50s, reached the group nine days after they went missing.

"This is completely uncharted, unprecedented territory, so of course there were doubts. Nothing like this has ever been done", he said.

"The part we played has been made out to be a lot more noble than it actually was". "But we were so task oriented and focused we sort of blanked that out, and carried on with the job at hand, step by step until we achieved success".

Returning with Mr Stanton were Chris Jewell, Mike Clayton, Gary Mitchell, Connor Roe, Jim Warny and Josh Bratchley.

Volanthen and Stanton flew back to the United Kingdom after the rescue - despite the millions of Thai street parties in their honor, according to the report.

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