You died to save us… boys’ tears for diver

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

Foreign divers return from Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 1, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this global operation led by the Thai government". Flash floods had made it almost impossible for the team to escape the cave, although they were all saved after 17 days.

The efforts and skill of these guys in blazing this trail can not be underestimated.

The complex mission for global and Thai divers to guide the boys and coach through the cave's flooded and tight passageways riveted people worldwide.

Richard Harris, an anaesthetist and experienced cave diver, was meant to be holidaying in South Australia.

Dr Harris was considered essential to the rescue efforts in Thailand because of his unique skills as a medical retrieval expert and his 30 years cave-diving experience.

"We wish you the best for this very tough time".

The Australian doctor who was the last man out of the Thai cave has praised the young footballers whose ordeal sparked the rescue.

But the SEALs beg to differ and have taken to Facebook to thank Dr Harris personally and Australia as a whole for their help in the rescue effort.

One of the English divers who helped in the mammoth operation, John Volanthen, told the British press that heroic Aussie underwater cave explorer Dr Richard Harris was a crucial part in the rescue.

The boys and their coach were part of a youth soccer team.

They expected to be in the cave for only an hour when high water was suddenly upon them.

"He was very hungry with such great pain in his stomach that he cried and drank water dripping along cave fissures", she said.

Inside the freezing cave, the coach and another boy hugged Titun to keep him warm, said his father.

Widow of hero diver who died during Thai cave rescue urges the boys not to blame themselves
Thai Soccer Players Eager To Return Home After Cave Rescue

"It's really nice to be back home with my friends and family", Dr Harris said. "He said, 'Did you hear what happened?"

The teenagers also asked if they could be sent some KFC.

"They also thanked him and promised to be good boys", Jedsada said.

They were discovered nine days later by two British divers, perched on a small ledge of dry land about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the cave's entrance.

He spoke briefly as he departed Chiang Rai airport, refusing to accept credit. It's very calm, it's quite the opposite ...

"I think it is a miracle".

A third rescue operation to bring out the remaining four boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has begun.

The AMA tweeted that Dr Harris was "an incredible doctor and human being".

However, the diver's legion of new admirers believe the 53-year-old has the next Australian of the Year Award "in the bag".

Ms Bishop said the doctor is also known to authorities for his work on medical assistance teams in natural disasters in the Pacific region, and has taken part in Australian aid missions in Vanuatu.

The Cross of Valour (CV) medal.

"Thank you for all the moral support".

"Who would chloroform them?"

The success was tinged with bitterness, however, as Harris learned his father, Jim, died in Australia shortly after the three-day rescue was completed last week. "And all this time four courageous Navy Seals sat with the Wild Boars knowing they were in as much danger as the kids", he wrote.

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