It’s reported that the team of young soccer players that was rescued from a cave in Thailand on Tuesday were sedated before they began their rescue journey.
The players were rescued from a partially flooded cave Tuesday and were given anti-anxiety pills to help them safely complete their journey, officials said.
A source told Khaosod English that the four boys were “medically sedated” for the dangerous journey out of the Tham Luang cave network. The pills were given to help reduce the chance of them having an anxiety attack on their way out.
“Reviving them fully is why it takes time for them to emerge from the cave entrance,” the source said.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha got a bit frustrated when he insisted the boys were not given an anesthetic but were provided an anti-anxiety medication, though he didn’t specify which kind, The Guardian reported.
“Who the hell would give that to a kid?” he said about an anesthetic, adding the boys were instead given “something to make them not too nervous and panic.”
“I also take them when I am shooting,” he said, presumably to steady his nerves.
It remains unclear if the four boys rescued Sunday and the four rescued Monday were also sedated. All 12 soccer players — ranging in age from 11 to 16 — including their 25-year-old coach were free from the cave as of Tuesday.
Take a look at images from the rescue mission below.