I think it was the result of an worldwide team of military and civilian divers working alongside the Thai Navy.
"We were just using a very, very unique skill set which we normally use for our own interest", he said.
Volanthen praised the entire worldwide rescue team, which included 90 of the best scuba divers from around the world, for saving the group, who became trapped when monsoon rains struck on June 23 and flooded their exit. Unbelievable", he said. "They looked in good health, but of course when we departed all we could think about was how we were going to get them 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 global team of diving and caving experts, including 11 from Britain, that ended on Tuesday. "He told me that as soon as they finished practice they went to play at the cave". Those handprints were among the first signs of where the boys were, what they had done to escape the floods, and what dangers rescuers would face in their mission to save the boys and their coach. "They are children being children, it was an accident", he said.
The remaining team members waited for news that the rescue had succeeded before returning to training on Thursday (July 12) evening, on a field where they are eager to see their friends again soon.
The aim was to learn how to "tightly package" each of the boys in order to easily maneuver them through tight passageways and adjust their air supply as needed.
In the video, Volanthen is heard talking to the group, telling them at the time that they had been in the cave for 10 days and that many rescuers were coming to save them.
British cave-diver John Volanthen walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in full kit without any response to reporter's questions, June 28, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. They will stay in hospital at least a week. "So there was relief, tempered with uncertainty".
He said by the time he and Dr Challen arrived at the Chang Rai site in northern Thailand, local and British divers had laid down robust ropes to ensure safe access to the stranded boys of the Wild Boars team. Anderson said one of the most crucial pieces of equipment was the positive pressure diving masks, which would expel water from the mask if one of the boys panicked. There is a lot of responsibility that an experienced diver could handle'.
"It was a successful outcome and we played a part in an worldwide effort".
"We must remember the tragedy of Saman", Mr Dennis said.