The Thai boys, rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand, were dosed with an anti-anxiety drug to stop them panicking during the dangerous underwater mission.
The country’s prime minister has admitted that the football team, consisting of twelve boys and their coach, were drugged to stop them panicking.
However, the authorities had previously denied that the children were drugged.
But Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed that they had been given anxiolytic ‘to make them not excited, not stressed.’
A team of 18 divers, including seven British divers, undertook the dangerous operation to free the trapped football team on Sunday. Finally, they all came out of the flooded cave after the terrifying underwater mission.
One of the British divers said:
‘I was told the boys were given a dose of ketamine [a horse tranquilizer often used as a recreational drug] to keep them calm.’
Fernando Raigal, a Spanish diver, told the DailyMail:
‘The boys were sedated – they were unconscious.’
But Mr. Prayut denied this and said:
‘All of the children were conscious during the operation.’ But in the video released by Thai Navy Seals, the boys appear to be motionless.
Thai navy commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong said: ‘Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers… [as if] groggy – but they were breathing.’
The underwater rescue mission started on Sunday; four boys were rescued the same day. Four more were brought out on Monday, and the final four and their coach were rescued on Tuesday.
They disappeared after they went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang cave in Northern Chiang Rai province after a football game on June 23. They had been trapped in the flooded cave for more than two weeks.
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