Volanthen praised the entire global 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.
"The Thai authorities took a lot of steps to divert rivers on the mountain top which we believe bought us as lot of time to get this outcome", he said.
The IT tech said that the divers were not heroes and directed attention to the rest of his team and the Thai Navy Seals. What we do is very calculating, very calm.
All 12 of the boys and their 25-year-old 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, that ended on Tuesday.
The youth football players, who remain in hospital, reportedly told their parents, that they had barely begun their trek when flooding suddenly blocked their exit, forcing them further into the Luang Nang Non Cave in Chiang Rai.
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Banphot Konkum, father of Duangpetch Promthep, shows a picture of his son during an interview in Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Friday, July 13, 2018.
The 12 Thai boys and their coach before they went into the cave.
"We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", Volanthen said.
"When you see Australians who are modest turn up in these most hard situations around the world and they just do what they believe is the right thing", he said.
Mr Jewell said: 'Our role was to help transport the boys under water through the cave to bring them out.
A mother of one of the SEAL members who participated in this operation, Sumalee Maksri, said she was delighted that her son successfully completed his mission, adding that she previously felt anxious because he did not give any details of his assignment.
"I think it is a miracle".
"He's got a very bouncy Australian accent, and they seemed to find that quite relaxing and reassuring".
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