Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

13 rescued from Thai cave to be released next week

13 rescued from Thai cave to be released next week

Attention had shifted away from the boys' recovery in recent days to the team of British divers who discovered the missing football team and then helped lead an global rescue effort.

"So you're following the (guide) line with your hand and you basically might as well have your eyes closed with a small boy being cradled in your arms and feeling your way through rocks and posting yourself sideways through little holes".

'They are the toughest blokes and kids I have ever had the privilege to meet, ' Mr Harris told the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

The 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are craving KFC's homestyle cooking, according to reports Saturday.

Dr Harris assessed the boys and decided they were up to the task of making the trek out of the cave after being sedated. "Thank you [everyone] who support us and every ministry that help me".

The other boys, who spoke in Thai, echoed Adul's sentiments of gratitude and joy, and mentioned which foods they look forward to eating.

A friend of Harris, Sue Crowe, told the BBC that he was an unassuming and selfless family man.

He said the Facebook post was a way of thanking all the people involved.

Harris is an experienced diver and an underwater photographer, and has undertaken cave-diving expeditions in Australia, New Zealand, Christmas Island and China.

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The unprecedented and daring final push to bring the boys out saw them sedated and carried through waterlogged and partially dry corridors with the help of military stretchers and almost 100 divers.

"I don't know how he will cope (with the attention)", said Oui-pan Sompiengjai, 66, grandmother of 16-year-old Pheeraphat Sompiengjai. Dr. Harris said earlier that it was one of the greatest opportunities to represent the Australian Federal Police in the historic rescue.

The AMA tweeted that Dr Harris was "an awesome doctor and human being".

In video messages of the boys shown at a news conference on Saturday, they are seen wearing surgical masks - a safeguard against infection that's been taken since the last of them were pulled from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal.

"There was an awesome bunch of people to work with during the rescue from both Australia and overseas", he said on Saturday. Picture: SuppliedNavy SEAL Saman Gunan died during the operation.

Australian Medical Association President Dr Tony Bartone said Harris risked his safety to help others and should be commended, said the ABC.

Thousands of people have called for Dr Harris and Mr Challen to be given the Cross of Valour, the nation's highest civilian bravery award.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has backed bestowing a bravery award on the Adelaide doctor who played a crucial role in the rescue of the young Thai soccer team from a submerged cave.

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