Trapped schoolboys given anti-anxiety drugs before Thai cave rescue, officials say

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2018

He explained local, and British divers who Dr Harris described as "the awesome foursome", had already laid terrific groundwork to ensure the success of the gruelling mission. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Two other British cave divers who assisted in the mission were John Volanthen and Jason Mallinson.

A total of 159 navy officials, including the Thai Navy SEAL commander, RAdm.

Volanthen praised the entire worldwide rescue team, which included 90 of the best scuba divers from around the world, for saving the group, who became trapped when monsoon rains struck on June 23 and flooded their exit.

The 12 Wild Boars players and their coach had entered the cave to go exploring June 23.

"The Thai authorities took a lot of steps to divert rivers on the mountain top which we believe bought us as lot of time to get this outcome", he said.

Fellow British rescuers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton said that Dr Richard "Harry" Harris had a great relationship with the boys while they were trapped in the cave system, the Herald Sun reports.

Speaking on his return to the UK, Mr Stanton said: 'Are we heroes? What we do is very calculating, very calm.

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Lesson for the kids out there: "no one should ever try to do the right thing with the expectation that it will ever be reciprocated".

All 12 boys and their coach were rescued by Tuesday evening after a harrowing three day rescue mission, and remain in "good condition" in the hospital where they're recovering.

"And all this time four courageous Navy Seals sat with the Wild Boars knowing they were in as much danger as the kids".

Thai rescue workers practice medical training on an entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 04, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The boys now recuperating and the rescuers who brought them to safety are starting to share stories of the dangers and their survival. We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe. "They just sat quietly without doing anything because it was dark", said Banpot, recounting what his son, who is still in the hospital, had told him.

"The most important thing to have was a full face mask which had been applied inside with positive pressure to enable them to breathe and to be relaxed enough so not to feel any anxiety during the process", he said.

The father of 14-year-old Ekkarat Wongsukchan said the coach dived into the water to see their circumstances once they became trapped, and drew arrows on the cave wall so no one became lost. "So, that seemed to work".

He praised Saman Kunan, 38, a former Navy SEAL diver, who died while replenishing air tanks four days before the operation to evacuate the boys from the cave began. "It's kind of bittersweet for what's otherwise been an excellent operation".

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