Thai Navy SEALs Footage Shows Sedated Group Carried From Cave

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

After 17 days, all 12 boys and their football coach have emerged from the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai, and the huge rescue mission comes to a close. "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".

The eventual rescue of all 12 boys from the Tham Luang cave prompted global joy.

The last four Thai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescue mission.

"Of course he was extremely happy", Vaessen said.

"Harry's given his all, his family have given the support and we've given the support as well as an organisation", he said.

Thai police and military personel use umbrella to shield a helicopter evacuation at military airbase in Chiang Rai as operations continue a soccer team and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. But Thai officials, acutely aware the monsoon rains could trap the boys for months, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather.

Some 100 divers and rescue workers were still in the caves when the main water stopped working, with some more than a mile deep inside the cave, The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Prayuth gave a televised national address Wednesday, saying the government's efforts, the assistance of people in Thailand and overseas, and the outpouring of moral support made the mission a success. "He said the only thing I want to do now is hug my son, embrace him and ask him how he's feeling". This mission was successful because of cooperation from everyone.

There was no need for doctors to prescribe sedatives to aid their sleep as they seemed to be of "very good mental health" despite the ordeal, said Public Health Ministry inspector-general Dr Thongchai Lertwilairattapong.

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"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped. They received a treat on Tuesday: bread with chocolate spread that they had requested.

Three in the group had minor lung infections, the senior health official added.

"I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday", Narongsak said.

"The big heroes in this are the children and the four Thai Navy Seals who were looking after them", he told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a Skype call on Wednesday.

All of them would be kept in quarantine at the hospital for seven days and their health would be closely monitored for one week after discharge.

The four boys and soccer coach brought out Tuesday on the final day of an all-out three-day push to save all of them had recovered more quickly than the boys rescued on Sunday and Monday, Chaiwetch said.

Another video released on Facebook by Thailand's Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue, apparently shows one of the boys being carried through part of the muddy cave on a stretcher covered by an emergency thermal blanket.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

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