Tham Luang cave rescue
|Tham Luang cave rescue|
|Personnel and equipment in the entrance chamber|
of Tham Luang cave during rescue operations
during 26–27 June 2018.
Screen capture from NBT news report.
|Official name||Tham Luang cave rescue|
The Tham Luang cave rescue - also referred as the Thai cave rescue - was a Thai and international rescue effort for multiple members of a Thai football team who were trapped in a cave.
On 23 June 2018, twelve members of a junior football team, aged 11 to 17, and their 25-year-old assistant coach, entered Tham Luang Nang Non, a cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai Province. Shortly after, heavy rains partially flooded the cave, blocking the exit and forcing the group deeper into the cave.
The rescue effort involved more than 10,000 people, including over 100 divers, many rescue workers, representatives from about 100 governmental agencies, 900 police officers and 2,000 soldiers, and required ten police helicopters, seven police ambulances, more than 700 diving cylinders, and the pumping of more than a billion litres of water out of the caves.
There was one fatality, Saman Kunan, a 37-year-old former Thai Navy SEAL who died of asphyxiation on 6 July while returning to a staging base in the cave after delivering supplies of air.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk ordered engineers from two of his companies to design a "kid-sized" submarine to help the rescue effort. Thai authorities decided not to use the submarine.
- BBC: Cave rescue: Who are the 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in Thailand? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44762010
- Backstory: How Four Corners secured world exclusive interviews with Thai cave rescue divers http://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2018-07-25/how-four-corners-secured-thai-cave-rescue-exclusive/10030190
- The first video released by Thai Navy SEALs showing the children and their coach after they were found by British volunteer divers https://www.facebook.com/ThaiSEAL/videos/1631228493667210/
Saman Kunan, 37-year-old former Thai Navy SEAL
- Documentary about the rescue
- About the documentary
- Feature film
On 10 July, a managing partner of US film production company Pure Flix announced that the firm was planning to create a feature film based on the rescue, with potential for worldwide release. Ivanhoe Pictures of SK Global Entertainment also expressed interest in a separate project, with Jon Chu slated as the director.
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