Hero Aussie diver Dr Richard Harris reflects on 'extraordinary' Thai rescue

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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.

Rescuers pulled off the miraculous life-saving mission despite daunting odds over the course of three dramatic days, successfully completing the operation on Tuesday when the last four boys and their coach were removed from the cave.

Mr Jewell said: "The diving conditions were extremely challenging, there was poor visibility and responsibility for another human being's life".

"We should never underestimate what they individually, collectively went through", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

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

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

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An worldwide team of cave divers and Thai navy SEALs extracted the 12 boys and coach in a high-risk, three-day mission that concluded Tuesday.

The team echoed the comments made by John Volanthen, the other British diver who found the boys and returned to England earlier.

"We're not heroes", Volanthen said, despite headlines in the British newspapers describing him and the other worldwide rescuers as just that.

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.

With them are six Australian Federal Police cave divers, one Defence diver and a support crew who have been described as integral to the rescue operation.

The 12 boys remain in hospital in Chiang Rai.

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But Mr Volanthen dismissed the idea, adding: "We are not heroes".

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

Thousands of people have called for Dr Harris and Mr Challen to be given the Cross of Valour, the nation's highest civilian bravery award.

They were found 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, and divers and other global rescuers plotted the complex mission to rescue the team before more rain came.

"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".

Sadly, soon after Dr Harris left the cave his father passed away suddenly.

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

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