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".

Angelique Kerber storms into second Wimbledon final, set to face Serena Williams
I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: Oh, my God, I have a PE in my leg. Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber on Saturday hoping to win an eighth Wimbledon singles title.

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.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Djokovic advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals
Jul 14, 2018 - 08:51
That initial burst gave Federer 34 successive sets won at Wimbledon , equaling his own record set between 2005 and 2006. It was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top John Isner loses to eight seed in longest semifinal match at Wimbledon
Jul 14, 2018 - 06:01
I'm definitely going to recover as much as I can to try and be as ready and fresh as possible", Anderson said. Djokovic and Nadal had met 51 times before Saturday's semi-final - the most prolific rivalry in men's tennis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump 'threatens to pull U.S. out of NATO'
Jul 14, 2018 - 05:45
The president will also be attending a pair of meetings of the North Atlantic Council before he departs for the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump as saying "I'll do my own thing" if spending is not immediately increased.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top House panel subpoenas ex-FBI lawyer Page for interview
Jul 14, 2018 - 00:33
The two exchanged text messages saying "we'll stop " a Trump presidency, a report by the FBI Inspector General found. Strzok, meanwhle, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, after previously having a lengthy private meeting in June.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harry Maguire 'deserves to play higher', says Riyad Mahrez
Jul 13, 2018 - 23:18
Speaking at his formal unveiling at the City Football Academy, Mahrez said: "It's a club who wants to win this type of trophy". Now we will have to work and see what can happen. "He's a big manager who won a lot of things and made history at this club".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Basketball: NBA legend Charles Oakley arrested, Las Vegas gambling cheat
Jul 13, 2018 - 23:12
Security footage supposedly backed up the claim, and the former Knicks star was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. Oakley was arrested on three counts of assault for his fight with the security guards and another for criminal trespassing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump criticizes British PM Theresa May over Brexit deal
Jul 13, 2018 - 22:56
Trump said Khan had done "a very bad job on terrorism" and said he had "not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ‘Do not eat this cereal’: CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella
Jul 13, 2018 - 22:55
Common effects of salmonella is the result of a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. Customers should either throw away the product or may return their box of cereal to a store for a full refund.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Queen misses christening for Prince Louis
Jul 13, 2018 - 22:15
As reported by the Western media, the ceremony will be attended by senior children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge . Prince Charles , Prince William's father, his wife Camilla , attended along with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Germany 'controlled' by Russian Federation on gas, Trump says
Jul 13, 2018 - 21:44
Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg , the president said USA commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump's great (and contentious) adventure
Jul 13, 2018 - 20:46
Mr Stoltenberg said the president had injected a "new sense of urgency" into the discussions on "burden-sharing". However, the $33-40bn figures appear to be a reference to increased spending since 2014.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rosenstein Indicts 12 RUSSIAN AGENTS for 'Hacking' 2016 Election
Jul 13, 2018 - 20:24
The announcement came just before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Rosenstein briefed President Trump on the coming indictment earlier this week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sacha Baron Cohen delivers in-character response to 'duped' Sarah Palin
Jul 13, 2018 - 20:12
He went on to berate Cohen for hiding his identity in order to "deceive others only to mock and ridicule them" and implied Cohen's style of humor is anti-American.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Isaiah Thomas Makes Surprising Free Agency Decision
Jul 13, 2018 - 19:27
Thomas was in MVP contention in his final campaign with Boston, but things went downhill when he injured his hip. Thomas averaged 15.2 points in 26.9 minutes per game with the Cavaliers and the Lakers last season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Neymar third favourite to replace Ronaldo after Juventus move
Jul 13, 2018 - 17:44
The powerful Agnelli family including Juventus' president Andrea Agnelli co-own the Turin-based club and Fiat. New Juventus signing Joao Cancelo has welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival.