Thai cave rescue divers given diplomatic immunity before mission began

Widow of hero diver who died during Thai cave rescue urges the boys not to blame themselves

Pig heads, boiled eggs, fish, candies and fruits were among the delicacies offered to spirits and deities in Monday's ceremony to thank them for the safe return of the boys. "Without him, we wouldn't have been able to do what we did", he said.

Adul is perhaps the best known of the boys because he was the one speaking English in the video taken inside the cave when the team members were first found by two British cave divers on July 2, almost 10 days after being trapped by flooding. The doctor, who works for the South Australian Ambulance Service's aeromedical evacuation service MedStar, joined the efforts for the rescue mission after being identified by British divers and "the very highest levels" of the Thai government.

Retired Perth vet Craig Challen and his fellow expert cave diver, anaesthetist Dr Richard "Harry" Harris, played a key role in the rescue operation of team "Wild Boar". "We had divers and Thai children practising swimming underwater, practising handing them off", he told the program.

"Stubborn, strong of back and oblivious to pain: These are the qualities of the exploration cave diver!"

In 2011, Harris experienced tragedy when one of his caving diving missions involved the retrieval of the body of one of his friends, Agnes Milowka, who ran out of air during a cave dive in South Australia.

One of the boys says he wants to eat KFC while another holds up a drawing he is doing of their Wild Boar soccer team.

Twelve boys and their soccer coach who were rescued last week after being trapped in a Thai cave for 18 days have offered condolences for a diver who lost his life in the effort to save them.

NSW diving consultant David Strike told ABC that close personal relationships like that between the two Aussie heroes were vital in hard dives.

Rescued Thailand Boys
The boys in a sober mood as they mourn a fallen hero

"Telepathy nearly comes into play". Thank you for helping me. "It's called anxiolytic, something to make them not excited, not stressed", he said at a press conference in Bangkok. Tragically, he found out his father had passed away just moments after he finally left the cave.

The chief of Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district has emphasised that Thai citizenship will be granted based on the law, and that no exceptions will be made for four of the footballers rescued from the cave who are stateless citizens.

"We particularly would like to thank the players and their coach for placing their trust in us. But we have to comply with the law", Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham said.

Sitting at the back of an RAAF C17 aircraft with Australian authorities, Dr Harris wrote of his musings with Mr Challen, his right-hand man in the risky operation.

Thai navy SEALs and an worldwide team of cave-diving experts played a key role in bringing them to safety.

The team of doctors Dr Harris worked with plus two DFAT officers after they completed the mission. "That's where the credit lies".

"The last couple of hundred metres underwater is very hard to find your way through".

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