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"The pressure that was put on these guys was enormous and they never dropped the ball for a second", Dr Harris said in a Facebook post detailing the operation.
Meanwhile, doctors said the boys they saved have so far not shown any significant ill effects from their ordeal as rescuers head home.
Mr Jewell said: "Our role was to help transport the boys under water through the cave to bring them out". A psychiatrist said their mental state seems fine.
They had gone into the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23, for a quick excursion after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
They expected to be in the cave for only an hour when high water was suddenly upon them. There was nowhere else to go.
The Thai Navy Seals have released dramatic footage of the operation, giving greater insight into just how risky it was. He would not be seeing his Grandma, and Grandma wouldn't see his face again.
One volunteer diver, former Thai navy SEAL Saman Kunan, died last week while placing oxygen tanks deep inside the cave. Becoming a monk at a temple for at least a short period is a way of making merit in Thai Buddhist tradition.
"We congratulate the Royal Thai Government for ensuring the successful recovery of the members of the team", the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. In the video, Volanthen is heard talking to the group, telling them at the time that they had been in the cave for 10 days and that many rescuers were coming to save them.
"Night was very cold but the coach hugged him, teaching everyone meditation to prevent excessive breathing and to not feel hungry". They had to lie huddled together. He had already spent almost a decade as a Buddhist monk.
During a press conference at Heathrow Airport, Mr Stanton declined to answer any medical questions but said: 'They were carefully handled.
Rick Stanton, who was the first to reach the group along with his colleague, John Volanthen, has today spoken of his relief when he found them all alive.
"We're very glad we could get you out alive". Unbelievable", he said. "They looked in good health, but of course when we departed all we could think about was how we were going to get them out.
'So there was relief, tempered with uncertainty'.
Their return came as parents of the 12 boys, all members of the Wild Boar soccer team, made it clear they had no blame for the boys' junior coach, Ekkapon "Ake" Chantawongse.
Thai authorities had contacted the British Cave Rescue Council for help when the boys disappeared.
His incredible efforts drew special praise from the leader of the rescue mission, acting Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotanakorn.
An worldwide team of cave divers and Thai navy SEALs extracted the 12 boys and coach in a high-risk, three-day mission that concluded Tuesday.
The Thai Navy SEAL commander said the Royal Thai Navy is always prepared to respond to disasters in the country, stressing his belief in the capabilities of all officials, and thanked for the dedication from all personnel and support from the general public. "But we didn't mention it because it could affect morale".
The Mail also learned that the pumps draining water from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai had failed shortly after the last boy was brought to safety.
"I have never seen anything like it with man battling to control the natural forces of the monsoon waters".
The rescue took more than two weeks. Drilling teams attempted to get through almost a km of rock to the boy's location. It was barely days after the Wild Boars were rescued that a Thai cave rescue movie was announced to be in development. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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