Twitter abuzz with jokes on Thai Cave rescue movie's 'whitewashing'

Brenda Watkins
July 12, 2018

The elite Thai Navy Seals who carried out the rescue.

Thai navy SEALs posted a almost six-minute video on their Facebook page that shows rescue workers pass along green stretchers in which the boys were being transported.

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.

On Tuesday, Musk posts photos on his Twitter account from inside the cave. They were found after 9 days by a pair of British divers.

"Although his technology is good and sophisticated, it's not practical for this mission", the rescue chief said.

There have been calls for John Volanthen and Rick Stanton to be honoured after they were the first divers to reach the stranded group in an underground network in Chiang Rai province ahead of their successful rescue.

Earlier in the day, Dr Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong from the Ministry of Public Health, said all of the most recently rescued group are in good condition, both physically and mentally.

Wearing face masks and hospital gowns, the young boys pulled from a Thailand cave this week - an event that spread drama worldwide - are seen waving and smiling Wednesday in their first images after their rescues. All of them have higher leukocyte (white blood cell) levels than normal, but they have been given antibiotics to treat any infection.

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Divers freed the last four of the 12 boys and their adult coach on Tuesday.

The second group of boys rescued has been given approval to see their parents through glass, but the third group are still undergoing tests, he said.

This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy yesterday (July 11) shows a member of the "Wild Boars" Thai youth football team being moved on a stretcher during a rescue operation inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district.

Meanwhile, reports say the boys and the coach were sedated to stop them panicking during the risky rescue.

Narongsak Osatanakorn is the official who oversaw the rescue operation.

Pearce said Harris had "given his all, his family have given the support and we've given the support as well as an organization".

The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.

"To not receive food, we can still survive for many months, but what's necessary is water, which the cave has, and around this time there's a lot in the cave, and they chose clean water to drink", he said.

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