Thai boys were passed 'sleeping' through cave, says diver

News 12 Boys and Coach Freed From Flooded Thai Cave After 2 Weeks

"Most of the boys lost an average of two kilogrammes", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, an inspector for Thailand's health department, told reporters. "At this moment [there are] no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe", Thailand's Health Secretary, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, told reporters per Reuters.

Other roadblocks included the Tham Luang's narrow, tight passageway, which was filled with muddy, frigid water with no visibility, said Master Sgt. Derek Anderson, who was part of the team of rescuers diving down to pull out the boys.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who visited the rescued boys on Monday night, confirmed yesterday that the stranded footballers were given medication to prevent anxiety and panic - identified as a key danger - while being evacuated. It is believed the youngest child, aged 11, was one of the last to be freed, although it was the boys' 25-year-old coach who was the last to be rescued.

The first photographs of the boys recovering in a Chiang Rai hospital were released Wednesday. "It's called anxiolytic, something to make them not excited, not stressed". The footage also depicts one of the boys flashing a victory sign and their parents crying and waving at the children from behind a glass partition.

"Don't need to worry about their physical health and even more so for their mental health", said Chaiwetch Thanapaisal, director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

But he denied they were knocked out for the miraculous rescue.

Two of the boys possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.

"Everyone is strong in mind and heart", he said at a news conference of officials involved in the rescue.

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The group ventured into the vast cave complex in northern Thailand after football practice on June 23 and their rescue dominated front-page headlines in Thailand.

Scott's wife has been involved with planning the funeral for Saman Kunan, the former SEAL that died on July 6 while helping install oxygen tanks in preparation for the extraction. He ran out of air while trying to swim out of the cave.

Narongsak, giving details of the rescue, said falling oxygen levels inside the cave complex had added a sense of urgency.

The commander of the navy SEAL unit that oversaw the rescue, Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, praised the efforts of all rescuers, which included help from Britain, US, Japan, Myanmar, China, Australia, and several other countries. He said, "The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among man".

None of the 12 boys had ever been diving and some did not know how to swim.

The boys' families were being kept at a distance at a hospital because of fears of infection and the emaciated-looking boys were eating a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said.

Steve George reported from Thailand, James Griffiths wrote from Hong Kong. Hai Do was the editor.

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