“This Morning” viewers were left in tears Tuesday as the Thai soccer team that were trapped in a cave earlier this year appeared on the U.K. show to thank the divers that saved them.
The 12 boys and their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, 25, also known as Ek, were reunited with British divers Jason Mallinson, Connor Roe, and Chris Jewell, and things got emotional as the translator gave the trio the boys’ message.
The youngsters, all aged 11 to 16, explained how the water levels in the Tham Luang cave complex had risen, blocking their exit. However, Ek insisted they were “not scared,” despite their lives being at risk.
The coach shared: “We knew people would try to help us and we tried to support each other and keep positive.
“It is what we normally do: Go in there and see the beauty around the cave.
“We would go that way to play football and it’s a big tourist attraction. We would sometimes go for a walk or cycling around there.”
Diver Mallinson added, “We thought it was going to be a very difficult rescue. There was a lot of risk involved. We had to formulate a plan that minimizes the risk.
“But the alternative was to leave them in there and they would not have survived that. And credit to the boys that they were so calm and collected [during the rescue].”
The translator then struggled to get her words out as she fought back tears while telling the rescuers just how much they meant to the boys.
She said they were now considered “family.” See more in the clip above.