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

Richard Harris a doctor from South Australia swam into the cave to determine if the boys were fit enough to make their arduous journey out of the cave

The last rescued boys and their coach arrive at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on Tuesday in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

It had been suggested the boys, members of the Wild Boars Football Club, could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

"We are not heroes. They are children being children, it was an accident", he said.

The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital.

The video shows the boys in an isolation ward in beds with crisp white sheets and wearing green surgical masks. They wave to the camera, give the peace sign and press their hands together in prayer to show gratitude.

Hospital Director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal said at a news conference that "everyone is strong in mind and heart", The Washington Post reported.

Despite their mostly good health, all the boys need to be observed in the hospital for seven days and then rest at home for another 30 days.

They were allowed to again visit but had to stay more than 6 feet away.

The three Thai Navy SEALs and Thai doctor who were with the children for the full eight days from their discovery to the rescue are fine as well, he said.

Meanwhile divers involved in the rescue operation have broken their silence on how the team managed to extract the boys and their coach from the cave where they had been stuck for more than two weeks.

But Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday extra precautions would have be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists.

"The important thing is ... personal space", Prayuth told reporters.

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The coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, or Ek as he is known, has come under scrutiny as the only adult in the group of 13 who got trapped in the cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23 during an expedition.

But the mission, which leaned on the expertise of elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs, almost turned into a calamity.

Narongsak, giving details of the rescue, said falling oxygen levels inside the cave complex had added a sense of urgency.

The commander of the navy SEAL unit that oversaw the rescue, Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, hailed the worldwide effort.

"We are not heroes". A movie about the Thai rescue could be made for less, Medavoy said, because filming in Thailand is cheaper. "For SEALs, this is what we were trained for".

Thai navy SEALs posted a almost six-minute video on their Facebook page that shows rescue workers pass along green stretchers in which the boys were being transported. Wetsuits and scuba gear still hung along a walkway at the entrance Wednesday, waiting to be sorted by Thai Navy officials.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas.

"Hooyah! Mission accomplished", read one headline, echoing the rallying cry of the SEAL unit.

"It's Thai, Westerners, Europeans, Aussies - people from all over the world who helped bring these kids to safety", Scott told Reuters.

The Wild Boars were offered free tickets to the Fifa World Cup final in Russian Federation on Sunday (Monday NZT), but unfortunately they will still be under observation in hospital and are unable to attend. Players from France and England welcomed news of the rescue and sent their best wishes to the "Wild Boars" on Twitter.

France were the first team to reach the final when they defeated Belgium on Wednesday morning AEST.

A Google search on Tuesday for the words "Thai cave rescue" revealed 359 million results.

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