Thai cave boys were sedated before dramatic rescue Jul 12, 2018 0 68 12345 AFPChiang RaiTHE 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex, a rescuer said on Wednesday as the first footage emerged of an astonishing mission that has captivated the world.The video of the rescue, which ended on Tuesday when the final four boys and their 25-year-old coach emerged from the cave, was released by authorities who had until late Wednesday closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation.Other video footage shows several of the boys in hospital, in quarantine and wearing face masks but seemingly in good health as they nod, wave and flash peace signs to the camera.The nerve-shredding three-day operation ended on Tuesday when the final members of the 'Wild Boars' were freed from the cave which had held them captive since June 23.The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline"Hooyah"pinballed across social media.After days of mounting speculation, a former Thai Navy SEAL diver broke the silence, revealing the boys were sleeping or partially-conscious as they were passed from diver-to-diver through the cave."Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers... (as if) groggy, but they were breathing,"Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong told AFP. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Suspected cattle thieves 'kill 26' in NW Nigeria raid Jul 12, 2018 0 45 Japan PM meets evacuees in flood disaster zone; toll hits 179 Jul 12, 2018 0 451 Financier linked to 1MDB scandal 'flees to China' Jul 12, 2018 0 40 'Clear evidence of need' in N Korea: UN aid chief SEOUL The United Nations'humanitarian chief said on Wednesday he had seen"clear evidence"of need in North Korea -- where one fifth of children are malnourished -- during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the .. Japanese nurse may have killed 20 patients: media TOKYO A former nurse who allegedly killed as many as 20 elderly patients by injecting their intravenous drips with chemicals is in police custody, Japanese media said. The suspect reportedly said she wanted to control .. Ashes of Japan cult guru to be scattered at sea TOKYO The cremated remains of the executed guru of the Japanese doomsday cult behind a deadly 1995 sarin gas attack will be scattered at sea to avoid creating a pilgrimage site for his followers, media reported on .. UN to take up South Sudan arms ban AFP NEW YORK THE UN Security Council is expected to vote this week on imposing an arms embargo against South Sudan, a US proposal which follows a power-sharing agreement between warring leaders. The United States is South .. Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens TAIPEI Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan on Wednesday as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds. Officials had warned of floods and landslides, evacuating .. VP to Duterte: Mind economy instead of insulting God, me Agencies/Inquirer MANILA PHILIPPINE Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday shot back at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that she could not lead the Philippines because she is incompetent, saying the chief .. Zimbabwe opposition takes to streets in vote-rigging warning AFP HARARE THOUSANDS of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote. The .. Seoul bars Korean Air dynasty's academic flight AFP SEOUL KOREAN Air's chairman was disqualified from heading an academic foundation by the government on Wednesday and his son stripped of his degree in the latest woes to assail the dynasty. Cho Yang-ho's wife .. Zimbabwe launches space agency HARARE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday launched a space agency, hailing it as a"milestone"as he campaigns ahead of elections at the end of the month. Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency ..