Media asked to stop Facebook streaming cave rescue while King calls for crowd control

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has asked media outlets and others present at the rescue scene for 13 kids lost in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai to limit or stop live streaming coverage on Facebook Live while His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X) has ordered officials to improve crowd control at the site.

The request from the NBTC to reduce or stop streaming on Facebook Live is due to local mobile phone networks becoming overloaded as thousands of people have come into the area. Among those on or near the site include Thai and international reporters along with rescue workers, support staff, family members, monks and others just wishing to provide assistance or watch rescue efforts.

NBTC deputy secretary-general Korkij Danchaivijit said that reducing the demand on local mobile networks would “allow rescuers to communicate with each other more conveniently without disruption in searching for the missing football team which is their main operation,” Khaosod English reports.

The request follows a call from His Majesty Rama X for improved crowd control at the site as more and more people stream into the area.

According to The Nation, His Majesty has instructed officials to ensure that the crowd gathered outside a Chiang Rai cave does not impede the continuing search for 13 lost inside the cave since Saturday.

Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, who shared the news from His Majesty, said that people flocking to the cave in hope of offering assistance have caused confusion at times although he was hopeful that things would improve as Wednesday progresses. Anyone not officially involved in the search would be barred from the cave interior he added.