An expert diver from Bristol who battled to save a Thai football team trapped in a flooded cave has received the George Medal, the second highest civilian gallantry award.
After collecting his honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, John Volanthen stressed he was only one member of a very large successful rescue team.
Mr Volanthen, along with fellow Briton Richard Stanton, 56, were the first divers to reach the 12 children and their coach, who were stranded in a cave in Thailand when monsoon rains began in June.
He said: "We are part of a much wider team, so while some of us have been individually recognised, it is the whole team who needs to take the credit."
Other members of the team of British divers who took part in the rescue, including Mr Stanton, are to receive honours at a later date.