Hero Aussie diver Dr Richard Harris reflects on 'extraordinary' Thai rescue

Footage of divers pulling the last boys to safety from the flooded cave

The rescue mission involved more than 100 engineers, divers, rescue workers and volunteers who came from across Thailand and around the world to lend a helping hand.

Banphot Konkum, father of Duangpetch Promthep, shows a picture of his son during an interview in Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Friday, July 13, 2018.

The pair are both members of the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team. In total, 19 divers assisted in the rescue of the final five members of the group, said to be the one of the toughest rescue operations to date.

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

Wild Boars head coach Nopparat Khantavong said his remaining players were in good spirits after returning to practice knowing their friends were safe.

They expected to be in the cave for only an hour when high water was suddenly upon them.

He said: "Initially of course excitement, relief that they were still alive".

"Night was very cold but the coach hugged him, teaching everyone meditation to prevent excessive breathing and to not feel hungry".

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A strong Aussie accent echoing deep inside the Tham Luang cave proved a key element to the successful Thai rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach, British rescuer John Volanthen has revealed.

The Thai Navy SEALs posted a video on Facebook showing the group when they were first found.

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

A former Thai Navy Seal died last Friday, highlighting the dangers. I think it was the result of an global team of military and civilian divers working alongside the Thai Navy.

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".

"I have never seen anything like it with man battling to control the natural forces of the monsoon waters".

Then the problem became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water.

"We were very pleased and we were very relieved that they were all alive, but I think at that point we realised the enormity of the situation and that's perhaps why it took a while to get them all out", he told Sky News. And only a day later, a second movie was announced - but this one promising to circumvent that dreaded Hollywood tendency: whitewashing.

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