Have you shared this Facebook video? It's not of the Thai cave rescue operation.

But it's true that British divers have been of great help to the rescue effort.

Sulaiman Daud | July 09, 2018, 12:31 PM

The plight of the Thai boys and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex is fraught with emotion.

People around the world are naturally interested, and all hope for a positive outcome.

But with the many pictures, videos and articles shared online about the developments, some of the media circulated online might not be from this latest incident.

Exciting video

On July 6, a Facebook user named Mior Rosli posted a video on Facebook which depicted Caucasian-looking men and women crawling through narrow spaces in caves.

The caption for the post reads:

"See how the British divers went to the caves to save the Thai football team youngsters...

As of 11am on July 9, the video has been shared over 15,000 times with close to a million views.


The video was even picked up by other news sites, including this Chinese Facebook group that shared the same video with the following caption:

"The Thai youth football team was trapped in the cave, and the search and rescue process of the search and rescue team was not easy!"

That garnered 2,300 shares on its own.

Among those who shared the video was at least one Singaporean.

Misleading video

While the video looks dramatic, it does not depict the efforts of the British divers involved in the 2018 rescue operation in Chiang Rai.

The same video was uploaded to YouTube in March 2016.

According to the video description, it actually depicts a United Kingdom group called the Dudley Caving Club exploring caves in England and Wales, not Thailand.

It also states that it was filmed "between 2010 and 2015."

Second operation underway

The first rescue operation was conducted on July 8. Four boys were safely rescued and brought to a hospital in Chiang Rai for further medical attention.

Lowered water levels in the cave made the operation easier, although depleted oxygen levels prevented the rescue from lasting longer.

Some 50 foreign divers and 40 Thai divers were involved in the first operation.

According to the Thai authorities, a second rescue operation will be carried out on July 9 to attempt a rescue of the remaining eight boys and the coach.

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Top image via screen shot from YouTube