All 12 boys from the “Wild Boar” football team and their coach were rescued on Tuesday evening (Jul 10) from a flooded Thai cave complex where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.
The last five trapped in the Tham Luang cave were evacuated on Tuesday, the third day of the rescue operation.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who visited the cave on Monday, denied on Tuesday that the young footballers were tranquillised before being rescued, but admitted that they took anxiolytic to relieve anxiety.
There had been speculation that since all of the 13 survivors had no diving experience and most could not swim, and that diving out of the cave could be a frightening experience, they might have to be given tranquillisers before embarking on the high-risk journey.
Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting in Bangkok, Gen Prayut dismissed the speculation but admitted that the so-called Wild Boars soccer team members were given anxiolytic to reduce their anxiety.
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