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'The 12 boys waved from the gloom': British diver relives his part in the Thai cave rescue

Added 05-15-21 03:36:03am EST - “Veteran British cave diver John Volanthen can still summon up the disbelief he felt when he found the boys trapped for ten days in the labyrinth of caves in Tham Luang, Thailand.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “British diver relives his part in the Thai cave rescue”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The greatest surprise was that they were still alive. All 13 of them: the Wild Boars football team and their coach.

Veteran British cave diver John Volanthen can still summon up the disbelief he felt when he found the boys, trapped for ten days deep inside a labyrinth of flooded caves in Tham Luang, Thailand, after the world had written them off as dead.

He remembers the first clue. In the ink-black darkness of the cave it was a smell — 'heavy and ripe; strong enough to twist the stomach' — that first alerted him and long-time diving partner Rick Stanton to what they assumed would be a graveyard.

Veteran British cave diver John Volanthen can still summon up the disbelief he felt when he found the boys, trapped for ten days deep inside a labyrinth of flooded caves in Tham Luang, Thailand, after the world had written them off as dead

'It was hard to take in the reality of what was happening. A group of boys had gathered silently at the water's edge and were pointing at us. I'd prepared myself to find corpses or at best to go through the ghastly business of separating the breathing from the dead. I'd expected some bodies in various stages of decomposition.'

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