John Volanthen, an IT consultant from Bristol, said ‘the result is the important thing’
The daring British divers who played key roles in the rescue last night rejected suggestions that they are heroes who should be knighted.
‘It’s not like that – if you could do the same for someone else’s child, you would,’ said John Volanthen, 47, an IT consultant from Bristol.
‘The result is the important thing. The kids came out, the coach is good, the [Thai navy] Seals are good – job done.
‘So we’re pleased with that.’
Retired Coventry firefighter Rick Stanton, 56, said: ‘It seems to have lifted the whole country. It all went according to plan. The boys did well.’
The pair initially located the boys and their coach, then led their rescue through a flooded cave two-and-a-half miles inside a mountain.
But amid calls for them to be knighted, the two shy Britons modestly downplayed their triumph.
Told he was a national hero, Mr Volanthen protested: ‘It’s not like that. If you could do the same for someone else’s child, you would.
British hero divers, John Volanthen, left, with Rick Stanton, at a party thrown in their honour at the Le Meridien hotel in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand after they helped rescue 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a flooded Thai cave
The rescue in progress, above. The daring British divers who played key roles in saving the 12 young boys and their coach last night rejected suggestions that they are heroes who should be knighted
‘I can’t explain why, but it’s not like that. It’s just…it worked.’
This incredible ‘it’ involved discovering the lost children, whom not even special forces could find,