Essex diver who helps Thai cave rescue mission heads home

Tim Acton heading home and back to work Credit: ITV News

Tim Acton spoke to ITV News ahead of his flight home and back to work in Bangkok

An Essex diver who helped rescue 12 children and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand is heading home "tired" but "really happy."

Tim Acton from the Harwich area was one of a number of expert divers brought in from around the world to help free the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their football coach, 25, from the Tham Luan Nang Non cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Mr Acton said: "Everyone's over the moon - they're ecstatic', adding that saving the boys had left his fellow rescuers "very emotional".

The children who are still in hospital are said to be in good health despite their ordeal. The group managed to keep themselves relatively well nourished over the 18 days they were trapped because they had water with them.

heers erupted as news spread that all the boys had been made safe. Credit: AP