First video shows boys in hospital after cave rescue

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Speaking on his return to the UK, Mr Stanton said: 'Are we heroes? 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.

Icarn Viboonroongruang, the mother of 11-year-old Chanin Wibulrungreung, the youngest in the group, said her son told her through a glass window at Chiang Rai hospital that the first three nights were among the hardest.

"The Dispatch reports that an article on the Nation News Network website in Thailand said Narongsak was "one of the knights in shining armor" during the rescue", helping to launch rescue efforts when the team was first trapped. "Everybody pulled together and the results speak for themselves, so we're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", Volanthen told reporters.

The boys meant to explore the cave for just an hour, a casual jaunt to relax after soccer practice, but the waters rose.

British divers Richard Stanton, left, and John Volanthen at the base camp for the rescue operation last week.

"Local climbing and rope access workers rigged the dry cave section for that part of the rescue and scoured the bush for more entrances to the cave".

Volanthen praised the entire global rescue team, which included 90 of the best scuba divers from around the world, for saving the group, who became trapped when monsoon rains struck on June 23 and flooded their exit.

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"They are the ones who were responsible for their own morale and really their own safety and without them being in the state they were in we couldn't have done anything".

Members of the Thai Navy SEALs team arrived home to their base at Sattahip, feted by the Thai people but saddened by the loss of their colleague.

Mr Stanton described his relief as he and Mr Volanthen discovered that the boys were still alive - nine days after they went missing deep within the labyrinth.

He said "relief is the word I would use" to describe the moment he and Stanton found the group. We're very relieved that they're all alive. Then of course when we departed, all we could think about was how we were going to get them out.

Mr Jewell said: 'Our role was to help transport the boys under water through the cave to bring them out.

But Mr Volanthen credited the worldwide team of military, navy and civilian divers who all "pulled together". "He's got a very good bedside manner". It's very calm, it's quite the opposite ... "So, that seemed to work". "It's kind of bittersweet for what's otherwise been an excellent operation".

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