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Diver's mother proud of his role in Thai cave rescue

The boys have all been rescued from the underground cave

It has been confirmed that a young football team and their coach have been safely rescued from a cave in Thailand.

British divers joined an elite team of Thai Navy Seals in the daring rescue from a flooded underground cave in northern Thailand.

The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) confirmed that seven divers from the UK with "expertise in cave diving" were assisting the Thai authorities.

Among the divers was John Volanthen, who first learned his water skills as a boy scout in Brighton. He has been part of the international rescue effort, and was one of the first two divers to reach the thirteen people trapped underground.

Rescue crews worked tirelessly underground to rescue the boys Credit: Courtesy of Elon Musk via AP

The twelve boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach had been stranded two and a half miles into the cave network for about eighteen days. They had been keeping out of the water by standing on a rocky shelf inside one of the cave's chambers. Mr Volanthen has been helping to escort them to the surface. Speaking from her home in Sussex, his mother Jill Volanthen said she had been very anxious for everyone involved during the rescue operation.

Jill Volanthen has been talking about her son's role in the rescue operation

''It's too hard to take it all in, it doesn't quite seem real. But I'm very anxious for him and everybody concerned. I guessed that he'd been involved. He's a very caring person and I know he will do his best.''

– Jill Volanthen, diver's mother

While there has been elation at the safe rescue of the twelve boys, tributes have also been paid to a former Thai Navy Seal, Saman Kunan, who died during the rescue operation.

The boys had walked into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai after a football game on 23rd June.