BRIT divers who rescued the trapped Thai cave boys have revealed the race to save the final lad whose mask didn’t fit.
But the very last child to rescued was too small for the masks, and they could get it to seal around his mouth.
“It didn’t fit him,” Jason says in a new interview.
“We put it on him, really strapped down tight so his nose was flattened against his face and there was a big gap under his chin. We just couldn’t get it to seal.”
They knew the sedated lad would drown if they couldn’t get the mask to fit.
“It was so nervous for me because it was the different type of mask with this seal that you could dislodge sideway. I had to be so careful with him,” he added.
Brit diver Jason described swimming in pitch black in icy waters[/caption]
“Once you set off with that kid, it was a one-way journey. You weren’t going back to where they started. … It was a case of getting him out. A bit brutal but dead or alive.”
The hero diver said he was terrified the mask would come off during the swim back.
He had to hold the boy’s mask on as he swam, unable to stop even when he bashed into the rocks, in case the lad died of hypthermia.
The pair were given certificates by Thai ministers for their part in the rescue of 12 children who were trapped in a cave[/caption]
The brave Thai boys wave for the camera while recovering in hospital[/caption]
In another heart stopping anecdote, fellow British diver Chris Jewell tells how he lost his grip on the rope which led them back to the cave entrance, leaving him lost in the maze of underwater chambers.
“I surfaced in a different section of the cave and I really didn’t know where I was for several minutes,’ he said.
Rescuers met Thai ministers at Suvarnabhumi Airport who gave them certificates and gift medals.
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