A video grab shows rescue personnel carrying a member of the “Wild Boars” Thai youth football team on a stretcher.
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The water pumps failed, and Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong heard shouts of alarm as the final stage of an unprecedented operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their coach from a flooded cave almost tipped into disaster.But the mission, which leaned on the expertise of elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs, nearly turned into a calamity.Shortly after the last four boys and the 25-year-old coach were brought out Tuesday late afternoon, the water pumps failed in an area between two chambers, filling them with water as 20 rescuers remained inside.One man has emerged as a pivotal figure in the most unlikely of rescues – Australian diver and anesthetist Richard "Harry" Harris.Two of the 13 frontline foreign expert divers, British pair Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, were the first to locate the team on a shelf several kilometers inside Tham Luang nine days after they went in.
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