Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Bill Shorten backs award for Australian doctor’s Thai rescue bravery

Bill Shorten backs award for Australian doctor’s Thai rescue bravery

She said her son, nicknamed Tun, said the boys' 25-year-old soccer coach Ekapol "Ake" Chanthawong, told them to meditate to ease their hunger and save their energy.

Chonburi - Many people welcomed a group of Thai Navy SEAL members as they returned to their base in Chonburi province, following their successful operation to rescue the 12 young football players and their coach who were trapped in Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai. They will stay in hospital at least a week.

I think it was the result of an worldwide team of military and civilian divers working alongside the Thai Navy.

"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is nearly beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation", they said.

"We were very very pleased it worked out quite so well, it worked out, the results speak for themselves".

Said the SEAL Navy commander: "It was hard but we had to keep fighting".

The father of 14-year-old Ekkarat Wongsukchan said the coach dived into the water to see their circumstances once they became trapped, and drew arrows on the cave wall so no one became lost. Those handprints were among the first signs of where the boys were, what they had done to escape the floods, and what dangers rescuers would face in their mission to save the boys and their coach.

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There was joy and relief in Thailand on Tuesday evening when the final five were freed from the cave after a tricky three-day operation. "So there was relief, tempered with uncertainty".

'The diving conditions were extremely challenging, there was poor visibility and responsibility for another human being's life.

"It was a successful outcome and we played a part in an worldwide effort". During the brief press conference at Heathrow, Mr Stanton declined to answer any medical questions but said: "They were carefully handled".

"We must remember the tragedy of Saman", Mr Dennis said.

As well as Mr Stanton, fellow divers Chris Jewell and Connor Roe, both from Somerset; Josh Bratchley, from Devon; Jim Warny, from Co Clare, Ireland; Mike Clayton, from Yorkshire; and Gary Mitchell, from Wales, returned to the United Kingdom on Friday.

'The Thai authorities took a lot of steps to divert rivers on the mountain top which we believe bought us as lot of time to get this outcome, ' he said.

Mr Stanton was asked how he felt when he first saw the boys alive in the Luang Nang Non Cave. "They just sat quietly without doing anything because it was dark", said Banpot, recounting what his son, who is still in the hospital, had told him. "It will be good to get closure".

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