Make the most of your lives, rescued Thai cave boys told

Make the most of your lives, rescued Thai cave boys told

Twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand planned to explore the cavern complex for only about an hour before treacherous flood waters rose to trap them for more than two weeks, one of the boys' fathers said.

The remaining team members waited for news that the rescue had succeeded before returning to training on Thursday (July 12) evening, on a field where they are eager to see their friends again soon.

'The diving conditions were extremely challenging, there was poor visibility and responsibility for another human being's life.

"We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", Volanthen said.

"Great work and we really appreciate it", a Thai military official said as he bestowed on the men the souvenir medals during a ceremony at Chiang Rai airport.

Footage of the moment Stanton and John Volanthen discovered the 12 dishevelled and emaciated boys was viewed millions of times after it was posted on the official Facebook page of Thai Navy SEAL, prompting hope for their rescue.

"Local climbing and rope access workers rigged the dry cave section for that part of the rescue and scoured the bush for more entrances to the cave".

That was British cave diver John Volanthen, who found the boys nine days after they went missing.

"Meanwhile on the ground, the Thais and global community sent in swarms of men and women to provide everything from catering, communications, media and of course the huge teams of workers filling the cave with tonnes and tonnes of equipment to try and lower the water and sustain the diving operations", Dr Harris wrote.

With them are six Australian Federal Police cave divers, one Defence diver and a support crew who have been described as integral to the rescue operation.

"We're not heroes", he told the BBC after arriving back in London.

He denied he was a hero and said he was using a "very unique skill set" to "give something back to the community".

There have been calls for Mr Volanthen and Rick Stanton to receive awards for their efforts.

The twelfth boy and the coach were freed from the complex late Tuesday, after a complicated three-day operation to extricate the boys, who became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water cut off the exit, deep inside the cave. "While they were inside the cave it rained, water flowed in and everyone took off", Banpot said. "Initially, we weren't certain they were all alive and as they were coming down I was counting them until I got to 13", said Mr Stanton. A former Thai navy SEAL diver died during the mission.