We're not heroes, says British diver who led Thai cave rescue

Some of the boys wave from their hospital beds

Some of the boys wave from their hospital beds

In the end, the tech multi-billionaire wasn't needed, as a team of Thai Navy Seals and British divers managed to get the boys back to their families.

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

The final four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety on Tuesday, having entered the network for exploration on 23 June before it became flooded by monsoon rains.

"Are we heroes? No", said Rick Stanton, one of the two British divers who found the boys.

All 12 of the boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue organised by Thai Navy Seals and an worldwide team of diving and caving experts, including 11 from Britain, that ended on Tuesday.

"I think Dr. Harry, the Australian doctor, he's very good", Volanthen said.

"But it was what they faced, and what they had to do in there, which was extraordinary", he told The Telegraph.

"I wish them a speedy recovery so we can play football together again".

"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.

Though the group are healthy and in good spirits, they remain in an isolation ward waiting for the medical all-clear after more than two weeks stuck deep underground in an environment where they could have been exposed to nasty diseases.

The boys were described as generally being in normal condition in a Chiang Rai hospital, though their levels of recuperation varied because they were removed from the cave over three days. They will stay in hospital at least a week. "And so there was relief tempered with uncertainty".

Thailand cave diving hero Dr Richard Harris (second left) pictured with MEDSTAR Andrew Pearce (left), wife Fiona (second right) and West Australian diver Craig Challen (right).

Other members of the team returning to the United Kingdom were Chris Jewell and Connor Roe, both from Somerset; Josh Bratchley, from Devon and Jim Warny, from County Clare.

Meanwhile, doctors said the boys they saved have so far not shown any significant ill effects from their ordeal as rescuers head home.

On social media, Mr Volanthen has been described as a "real hero" with many calling for him and Mr Stanton to be honoured.

"We must remember the tragedy of Saman", Mr Dennis said. "There is a lot of responsibility, that is all I am prepared to say. there is a lot of responsibility that an experienced diver could handle".