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The last four Thai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescue mission

The last four Thai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescue mission

The Thai navy has released new footage from inside the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys and their coach were trapped for more than two weeks, revealing more details about the multi-day rescue mission that captured the attention of the world.

The children aged from 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, ventured into the cave in Thailand's mountainous north on June 23 after football practice and got trapped when heavy rains caused flooding that forced them to take shelter on a muddy ledge.

Thai officials have been generous with their praise of foreign volunteers who were essential in the complicated search and rescue operation, including Mr Volanthen and Mr Stanton who were the first to discover the boys.

It took over a week before British divers were able to wade into the caves and find the boys and their coach.

"That was a massive, massive relief".

Rick Stanton, from Coventry, told reporters after arriving at Heathrow Airport in London: "As they were coming down the slope we were counting them so we got to 13". That ultimately proved not to be an option when oxygen levels within the tunnels dropped to unsafe levels.

The mission was "an order of difficulty much higher than anything that's been accomplished anywhere around the world by any other cave diving team", said Stanton. Images from the successful, yet dramatic, rescue effort showed the boys lying in covered gurneys as they were being transported to the hospital.

After days of being trapped, the pair from the Mid Wales team found them huddled in darkness amid fears they could be forced to stay their for month.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred".

The Pentagon downplayed the role of US troops, releasing little information about them until the boys and their coach began emerging from the cave system.

Expert divers from the Thai Navy SEALs, experienced in conventional diving situations, were faced with an unprecedented challenge.

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Tuesday said the boys were given a "minor tranquiliser" to keep them calm.

His role was to carry the boys on a stretcher through the end of the dive zone out of the cave.

The presence of Australian anaesthetist and diver Richard "Harry" Harris points to a unique operation.

"The area will become a living museum, to show how to operation unfolded", Narongsak Osottanakorn, the former governor and head of the rescue mission, told a news conference.

The rescue bid was also lauded for the hard, long hours and teamwork between highly-skilled Thais and foreigners.

Even before all 13 people had been brought out, U.S. studio Pure Flix - which makes inspirational Christian films - had announced its producers were on the ground interviewing rescue workers for a potential film.

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