Friday, 20 July, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Brit divers who found boys 'deserve George Cross'

Thailand football team won't attend World Cup final Rescued Thai football team recover in hospital after being passed 'sleeping' through cave network
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 13:34

The boys were reportedly sedated though there have been conflicting reports about the kind of medicine they received, with some saying they got anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm while Peeranarong said some of them had been fully sedated. An American military diver added: "Those kids were proper knocked out".

But Mr Prayut denied this, saying: "All of the children were conscious during the operation".

A video showing the boys wearing hospital gowns and doing "v for victory" signs was released on Wednesday.

Thai Navy SEALs release footage of the dramatic cave rescue mission.

It shows divers preparing to plunge into murky brown waters likened to "cold coffee". He praised the cooperation between Thai and global rescuers. "They have to help each other". They are then lowered down steep drops and pulled through terrifyingly narrow choke points.

Footage of divers pulling the last boys to safety from the flooded cave.

A former Thai Navy Seal who was the last diver to leave the Tham Luang complex told AFP yesterday the boys were passed "sleeping" on stretchers through the treacherous pathways.

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Rescuers also had to step over miles of tubes that had been laid down to pump out water.

All evacuees were blindfolded as they were moved from Tham Luang to the hospital, to protect eyes that had not seen sunlight for two weeks.

The 12 boys and their coach rescued over the past three days "took care of themselves well in the cave", Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, said at a news conference at the hospital in Chiang Rai city where the group is recovering. The film would honor Kunan and the hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers who risked their lives and selflessly gave their time to helping the stranded boys, Scott said. The third and final group, including the soccer team's 25-year-old coach, who were all evacuated Tuesday, are taking antibiotics and at least some had lung infections.

A crowd of supporters gathered to greet a team of divers on Tuesday after they successfully freed a youth soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province. The stranded were in safe and experienced hands, however; two specialist divers accompanied each of them through their hard journey to freedom. Anderson said the so-called positive pressure diving masks used by the boys were "crucial". "We were extremely fortunate that the outcome was the way it was".

The group became trapped in rising floodwaters and were found nine days later emaciated and disheveled on a muddy ledge, with water lapping ominously below. He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave.

Officials plan an interactive museum at Tham Luang based on the historic rescue mission that will feature items such as clothing that key rescuers wore during the operation, Narongsak said. "I'm happy that the boys are out too", said Khamluh Guntawong, the grandfather of team coach Ekkapol Chantawong.