PM Theresa May honours British cave divers

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May (centre) stands with the Thai Ambassador to the UK Pisanu Suvanajata and members of the British cave diving team and their support team as they pose for a photograph outside Number 10 following a reception at Downing Street on Tuesday.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a reception on Tuesday for the British divers who were involved in the dramatic rescue of the 12 Wild Boars soccer team members and their coach from Tham Luang cave earlier this month.

All the boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue organized by Thai Navy SEALs and an international team of diving and caving experts.

Reuters reported that Thai Ambassador Pisanu Suvanajata was among the guests at the prime minister’s official residence at Number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon, posing for a photograph with May and the divers in front of the famous black door.

May praised the divers during the event.   “On hearing about the boys who were trapped, most people would have just stood by but you chose to go out there and do something about it,” she said in comments released by her office.

“The eyes of the world were on you and I think I can speak for everyone when I say a huge thank you.”

The British divers were the first to find the boys and their coach perched on a ledge deep inside the cave 10 days after they had gone missing.