Hero Aussie Doctor In Thai Cave Rescue Breaks Silence

One of the giant pumps failed after the last of the boys had been rescued causing water levels in the caves to rise dangerously fast

One of the giant pumps failed after the last of the boys had been rescued causing water levels in the caves to rise dangerously fast Sakchai Lalit AP

One of the divers who helped save 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has played down his heroics as he returned to Britain.

The authorities had previously denied the children were drugged but Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed that they had been given an anxiolytic "to make them not excited, not stressed".

"I miss you", she added. "I love you like you are my very heart ... from now on when I wake up ... who will I kiss?"

"[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.

The rescue was carried out by an elite team of global divers, led by Britons, who guided the sluggish youngsters along the tortuous two-and-a-half-mile escape route, the Daily Mail reports. That won't happen or we'll give them hell.

French football star Paul Pogba dedicated his country's World Cup semi-final victory over Belgium to "the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong".

It lies under the mountains around the small town of Mae Sai, in northern Chiang Rai province on the border with Myanmar.

But according to Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures, they have been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to develop the film.

British divers found the 13 members of the soccer team huddled on a muddy ledge in a partly flooded chamber inside the cave.

Scott's wife has been involved with planning the funeral for Saman Kunan, the former SEAL that died on July 6 while helping install oxygen tanks in preparation for the extraction.

Questions will remain as to why the team, led by their 25-year-old coach, went into the caves during the rainy season - it is common knowledge that it is a risky time to enter, and signs at the entrance specifically warn of the dangers of monsoon rains. But Valeepoan absolved them of responsibility.

The parents wrote to coach Ekapol Chanthawong: "Please don't blame yourself for this".

The head of the diving team, meanwhile, urged the boys on Thursday to "be a force for good".

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand".

A screen grab shows boys rescued from the Thai cave wearing mask and resting in a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand from a July 11, 2018 handout video.

Now, numerous Thais on social media are saying the boys and their coach should be given citizenship following their ordeal.

Footage released by the Thai Navy SEALs showed foreign and Thai divers using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to haul stretchers bearing two of the barely moving young footballers to safety, their exit framed by the jagged cave overhead.

The most risky part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system was the first kilometer, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

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