British diver: We are not heroes after Thai cave rescue

They were castoffs from school teams. Now the Wild Boars soccer squad is the talk of Thailand — and the world

But the mission, which leaned on the expertise of elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs, almost turned into a calamity. "Thank you so much to everyone that has been praying for us and the boys and helping us; thank you".

The saga started on June 23 when the players walked into the Tham Luang cave complex after football practice and were trapped when monsoon flooding blocked their exit. If they are legally entitled to the right, they will get it.

Four Thai Navy Seals are seen after leaving the cave safe during the rescue mission, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand July 10, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media.

Brown, a 35-year-old who runs a scuba shop on the balmy Thai island of Koh Tao, was tasked during the rescue with changing oxygen tanks and hauling the boys along between dive spots.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred".

The boys have been given health cards, which they will continue to carry for two weeks after they leave the hospital, in order to jot down any issues.

Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, a health department inspector, earlier told reporters one from the last group rescued on Tuesday had a lung infection and they were all given vaccinations for rabies and tetanus. One of the boys lies on it covered in a metallic, reflective material.

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"We had a little bit of hope that they might still be alive but we had to do it, we just had to move forward", Rear Adm Arpakorn Yuukongkaew said.

Throughout the 17 day ordeal, elite Thai Navy Seals and other rescue operators were locked in a race against time due to heavy rain and rising water levels.

On Wednesday night, provincial governor and rescue commander, Narongsak Osatanakorn, appeared to imply in a public address that citizenship is a possibility for the four. They will remain in hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai for a week, followed by a week's recuperation at home. A former Thai Navy Seal died last Friday, highlighting the dangers. When divers reached them later, they brought additional food, water and blankets.

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. "That won't happen or we'll give them hell", Chu tweeted, adding it's "a handsome story" about human beings saving other human beings.

"The presence and support of someone who has had a shared experience of an extreme event will help them deal with the "normal" life waiting for them", Dunham explained.

The story of the entrapment of the boys and their coach in the cave and their dramatic rescue has captivated people around the world.

The soccer team went for regular explorations of the cave.

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