Aussie doctor's accent 'relaxed' trapped Thai boys

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 14, 2018

The hero Aussie doctor and diver who helped rescue the Wild Boars soccer team from inside a Thai cave used his accent to help relax and soothe the boys during his rescue mission.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday worldwide members of the rescue team would be given a "Thailand Elite" card worth 500,000 baht ($15,000) with benefits including a 5-year visa in thanks.

"We congratulate the Royal Thai Government for ensuring the successful recovery of the members of the team", the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. "My job was to transfer them along", former Navy Seal Chaiyananta Peeranarong told the AFP news agency.

"We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", he said.

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.

The Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Thailand - where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for 18 days - will become a "living museum" to showcase the harrowing ordeal that unfolded in recent weeks as the world watched.

The rescue mission captivated the world after the group was discovered by two British divers on July 2.

Fellow British rescuers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton said that Dr Richard "Harry" Harris had a great relationship with the boys while they were trapped in the cave system, the Herald Sun reports.

The cave rescue was a risky operation.

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"We are not heroes".

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.

Volathentold the Daily Mail: "We are not heroes, quite the opposite".

There's been talk of awarding Volanthen and Stanton with the George Cross, the highest civilian award in the United Kingdom for acts of heroism.

"We couldn't see them initially - they had to come round the corner".

Sadly just hours after making his way out of the cave, Harris received the heartbreaking news that his father had died. Moreover, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed the boys were given the drug "to make them not excited, not stressed", according to the Daily Mail.

The Thai Navy SEAL commander said the Royal Thai Navy is always prepared to respond to disasters in the country, stressing his belief in the capabilities of all officials, and thanked for the dedication from all personnel and support from the general public.

They had gone into the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23, for a quick excursion after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

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