– Thailand’s navy rescue team elite get a warm welcome when they return to their respective headquarters.

It happens because they are considered like a teenage rescue hero and a Thai football coach who is trapped in a cave.

The 18-day drama took the lives of a former Navy SEAL Saman Kunan diver who died.

Those involved in each operation received a yellow flower garland in a ceremony attended by navy soldiers as well as civilians.

Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yookongkaew, who became commander of the Navy SEAL team in the operation, said he told the children to be useful and to contribute to the country later.

“I want to convey a message to the children to make their lives useful and to contribute to the country later,” he said.

He also considered that what they experienced could be useful as an inspiration to the younger generation.

“What they experience can be an inspiration for the younger generation.” he added.

Praise is also widely issued by people in Thailand. They welcome the team as a rescue hero.