Thai boys rescued from cave mourn diver who died

Widow of hero diver who died during Thai cave rescue urges the boys not to blame themselves

In their statement, Dr Harris and Mr Challen thanked the British divers who led the operation, along with team members from the EU, US, China and other Australians.

Harris praised the children and the Thai Navy SEAL divers during a FaceTime call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"He was an integral part of the rescue attempt", said Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop who added that the doctor was internationally renowned for his cave rescue expertise.

Rick Stanton, along with fellow diver John Volanthen, were the first two divers to find the missing boys and their football coach inside the cave. They had lost an average of 4 pounds (2 kilograms) during the 17-day ordeal.

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"That fact that you have got a living, breathing little tiny person that you are in charge of and you are very limited as to what you can to do help them - and it is a two-hour journey out of the cave... it was taxing."

A big takeaway for Singapore from the rescue operation is the spirit of togetherness by the community, tenacity, resilience, cooperation, generosity and harmony that prevailed. The landscape was damaged by the massive rescue effort that included the flooding and clearing of land and the use of heavy machinery.

The permanent secretary revealed that the first four boys to be rescued and admitted to hospital on July 8 had returned to generally normal health and had no signs of disease.

They also sent their condolences to Dr Harris, whose father passed away as the mission came to a dramatic conclusion earlier this week.

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Immediately after his death became public knowledge, people around the world began mourning the courageous Navy SEAL member - but no tribute was more touching than the one his wife left him on social media. "Thank you so much". They also posed with a drawing of former Thai navy SEAL Petty Officer Saman Gunan, the sole fatality of the rescue operation, and wrote messages of thanks to Saman.

Dr Pearce later described Dr Harris as a "dedicated professional who loves helping people", but said he would not be fronting the media.

"There was an unbelievable bunch of people to work with during the rescue from both Australia and overseas", he said on Saturday.

Dr Harris" friend David Strike, a dive event organiser, told Fairfax he has an innate capacity to "calmly assess any situation and then act appropriately'.

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After the patients are discharged, the hospital will deploy its "family care team" to follow up and help care for them until they make a full recovery, physically and mentally.

Bishop said the doctor is also known for his work on medical assistance teams in natural disasters in the Pacific region, and has taken part in Australian aid missions in Vanuatu, reported the BBC.

THE Australian divers who played a crucial role in the Thai cave rescue have opened up about the dramatic rescue that was "beyond (their) imagination".

"He would have been the ideal person to support them".

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First of all I'm so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together. He said: "It's nice to be appreciated but it's about the team". "It's not actually my decision, but I agree with it.

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