How hero doctor's Aussie accent played surprise role in Thai cave rescue

How hero doctor's Aussie accent played surprise role in Thai cave rescue

How hero doctor's Aussie accent played surprise role in Thai cave rescue

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has backed bestowing a bravery award on the Adelaide doctor who played a crucial role in the rescue of the young Thai soccer team from a submerged cave.

The rescue gripped the world, with much praise focusing on the navy SEALs and global team of divers who helped them, toiling for days in unsafe conditions to get the boys out.

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.

The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.

The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape, and pushing them deeper inside in search of a refuge.

The IT tech said that the divers were not heroes and directed attention to the rest of his team and the Thai Navy Seals.

"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers".

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That's good news for the boys who had said they were looking forward to fried rice with basil.

"If you can imagine being physically and mentally exhausted going through a rescue and having to deal with that, when you're at your lowest ebb, you've given it all and then you find out the sad news about your father, who's your best mate - that's really, really tough", Pearce said.

During the mission to save the boys, a former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunam died after volunteering to lend his expertise.

But they pressed on and, on July 8, the rescue began.

Water pumps failed hours after the last boy was saved, sending rescue workers scrambling out for safety.

During a press conference at Heathrow Airport, Mr Stanton declined to answer any medical questions but said: 'They were carefully handled.

They were also seen sitting cheerfully in their hospital beds, where they are being kept in isolation until doctors are sure they did not pick up any diseases during more than two weeks in the dark.

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"The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among mankind", he said.

Officials have confirmed the boys were sedated to combat the risk of panic inside the cave. "Most of the boys lost an average of 2 kg", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, an inspector for Thailand's health department, told reporters.

The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out.

In a follow-up tweet, the 38-year-old Asian-American director said he "couldn't just sit here watching how others would "interpret" this important story".

"The first thing I want to do is hug him,"he said."All parents have the same feeling".

'Initially, of course, excitement, relief that they were still alive.

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