'We are not heroes', says United Kingdom diver involved in Thai cave rescue

Some of the boys rescued from a Thai cave seen in hospital in Chiang Rai

Two days after 12 boys and their soccer coach disappeared inside a cave complex in Thailand's mountainous north, a team of Thai Royal Navy SEALs headed before sunrise into the pitch-black maze of muddy passages to find them.

Health officials said the rescued boys would now spend at least a week in hospital and about 30 days recovering at home after their ordeal.

"We are not heroes".

"We didn't want the children to walk because it is really tiring from Chamber Three to the cave mouth", Apakorn said. Some of them, wearing surgical masks, lay on their beds.

None of the boys was heard speaking in the clips shown at the news conference.

Chaiwetch Thanapaisal is director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

The boys are still in quarantine in hospital, where they will remain for a week for tests.

Parents awaiting reunion were seen crying and waving to the boys through a glass barrier meant to safeguard against potential infections. Authorities are anxious about the possibility of infections picked up in the cave.

Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars team, told CNN that he did not know why the boys had gone into the cave.

"The result is the important thing". "The best way is not to bother them and let them study".

The 12 Wild Boars players and their coach had entered the cave to go exploring June 23 but monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape.

But he had denied they were knocked out for an operation the chief of the rescue had dubbed "mission impossible". A former Thai navy SEAL diver died during the mission.

An American involved in the operation described the perilous zero-visibility dives that brought the boys out safely as a "once in a lifetime rescue".

Ms Bishop said the doctor is also known to authorities for his work on medical assistance teams in natural disasters in the Pacific region, and has taken part in Australian aid missions in Vanuatu. "We couldn't cope and we were adults", Urzua told Reuters. "Many, many people. We are the first".

Official help came from Britain, the United States, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, China and Australia, a government document showed.

All of members of the team were successfully rescued from the cave on Tuesday after being trapped there for 18 days. "But it's really the global team I would like to focus on and the Thai SEALs".

"[He] is an extraordinary Australian and he has certainly made a big difference to the rescue effort here in Thailand", she said.

The fate of the boys has even resonated as far as Russian Federation, where soccer's World Cup is reaching its final stages.

But the rescue in murky water presents an added challenge.

It went viral, earning more than 9,000 retweets in less than a day.

"You are very strong", Volanthen told the group.

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