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MP backs calls to award divers George Cross

There is gathering momentum to honour the two British divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai boys.

The North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson is the latest to back calls to give John Volanthen and Coventry's Richard Stanton the George Cross.

Thailand cave rescue Brit diver says: 'We are not heroes'
Briton John Volanthen was one of the first people to reach 12 boys in the flooded cave in Thailand.
Cave rescue: First pictures of Thai boys in hospital
The rescued footballers are shown recovering in hospital, where they give peace signs.
Cave rescue: Thai boy shown carried on stretcher in latest video
The latest footage of the Thai cave rescue shows how the boys were carried out on stretchers.

Football clubs extend invitations to rescued Thai cave boys

Manchester United is one of a number of football clubs around the world to offer hospitality to the 12 boys who were trapped in a cave in Thailand and their rescuers.

Divers in northern Thailand rescued all 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground.

The Old Trafford club tweeted it was relieved to hear the boys and their football coach were safe and they would love to welcome them and those who saved them to Manchester.

Other clubs including Barcelona and Benfica extended similar invitations to the boys from the Wild Boars' Football Club.

Last week, FIFA invited the boys to the World Cup Final in Russia but were told by the Thai authorities that they would not be fit enough to travel to Sunday's game in Moscow.

Thailand cave rescue: Diver from UK says outcome is 'wonderful'
Diver Tim Ashton from Essex, who helped alongside the Thailand cave rescue, welcomes the "wonderful" news.

Calls to honour cave divers

There have been calls to honour the divers who helped rescue 12 school boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Rick Stanton from Coventry (below left) and John Volanthen from Bristol (below right) were the first to reach the group, nine days after they went missing.

Lord Ashcroft tweeted to say they deserve either the George Cross or George Medal.

Richard Stanton and John Volanthen
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan was among others to express their admiration on Twitter, writing: "Proud of the England Football team .. But that's just sport .. More proud of the 7 British divers that have helped save all those boys lives in Thailand.."

And Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has also revealed he had discussions with Mr Stanton about the possibility of using his mini-submarine in the rescue.

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Thailand cave rescue: 'Tiny bit of hope became reality'
In an exclusive BBC interview, the head of the Thai Navy Seals describes his relief following the successful cave rescue operation.
Cave rescue: ‘You never know when you’ll need English’
A school that several of the Thai cave boys attend is celebrating their use of English with the divers who found them.
Thai cave rescue: 'No kid has cave dived like this before'
One of the divers on the rescue team in Thailand explains the difficulty of getting the boys out.
Cave rescue: Locals wait and hope
The mood is tense as Thai people wait for any further news of the high-risk operation.
Thai cave rescue: The psychological effects of being trapped
Child psychiatrist Dr Andrea Danese on the challenges that will face the rescued Thai boys.
Thailand cave : 'Each rescue will take 11 hours'
The operation to rescue 13 people trapped deep underground in a Thai cave is under way.
Thai cave rescue: The psychological effects of being trapped
Child psychiatrist Dr Andrea Danese discusses the challenges faced by the trapped Thai boys.
Thailand cave rescue: Meet the volunteer helpers
Volunteers moved by the plight of the 12 Thai boys trapped in a cave describe how they are helping rescue teams.
Thai cave rescue: The physical effects of being trapped
A doctor specialising in treating people in difficult environments explains the impact of being trapped underground.
Thai cave rescue: What it's like inside a cave complex in Chiang Rai
Nick Beake has been inside a cave complex in Chiang Rai close to where rescuers are trying to save 13 people.
Thailand cave rescue: England player's message for trapped boys
England player John Stones says he hopes the boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave emerge 'safe and sound'.
Thai cave rescue: Chilean miner's message to trapped boys
Remember the miners trapped underground in Chile? One of them has sent a message to the Thai cave boys.
Mother of Thailand cave boy: 'I am dying to see him'
Families have been shown new footage of the boys and their coach stuck in a cave in Thailand.
Thailand cave: New video shows boys in 'good health'
Thai Navy Seals have released new footage of the boys showing some wearing protective foil blankets.
Thailand cave rescue: Mother's speaks of 'absolute pride'
Jill Volanthen praises her son John, who is involved in the rescue of 12 boys trapped in Thai caves.
Thailand cave rescue: Families celebrate as boys are found
The 12 boys and their football coach are alive, but may need to wait months to get out.

Colleague of British Thai cave rescue divers explains the task ahead

Gary Mitchell has worked with John and Rick, from South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team.
John Volanthen and Rick Stanton were the men who made first contact with the boys who went missing in the Thai cave for nine days. They were found by the divers from the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team late on Monday, on a small dry ledge. Rescuers are now battling rising water to bring more supplies to the group.
Good Morning Wales on BBC Radio Wales spoke to Gary Mitchell, a colleague of John and Rick's, who has been following events closely from home.

Cave rescue team sent radios for Thai mission

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BBC News

Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation has been named in national newspapers as having provided the team which found a young Thai football team and their coach after nine days underground.

Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation

Although the Buxton-based team sent radio and diving equipment for the rescue mission, the rescuers are actually believed to be from the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team (pictured below).

The DCRO said on its Facebook page: "The British Cave Rescue Council organised the British cave divers to support the Thai operations - not us personally.

"However we are members of the BCRC and as they do not have a Facebook page we will be sure to pass along all your thanks and good wishes!"

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Thai cave rescue dive was 'gnarly'
The three-hour dive was complicated and problematic, divers tell the British Cave Rescue Council.
Thailand cave rescue: The moment divers find the boys
Divers working for the Thai Navy Seals recorded the moment they found the 12 boys and their teacher.
Thai cave: Rescuers continue their search for missing boys
The Thai Navy is still searching for 12 boys and their football coach, missing since 23 June.
Thai cave rescue: A country in prayer
The desperate search for 12 young boys and their coach, trapped inside a cave, has already lasted 7 days.
Thailand cave rescue: 'Real concern' for trapped teens
The BBC's Jonathan Head reports on the operation to rescue a trapped football team and their coach.
Thai cave search: Soldiers help rescue teams
Soldiers are helping search for 12 teenage boys and their football coach who disappeared in a cave network.