The Great Cave Rescue

Author: James Massola

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781760529741

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 5069

Keen to go exploring after soccer practice, the boys of the Wild Boars soccer team ignored the sign at the cave entrance warning visitors not to enter during the monsoon season. What ensued was a high-stakes international mission which very nearly didn't succeed. The ordeal riveted millions around the world. First came the awful news that twelve Thai boys aged 11 to 16 and their young coach were missing. Then the flickering video of the huddle of anxious and hungry boys found by a pair of British divers nine days later. But the most difficult part was yet to come. Monsoon rains had raised the water level in the cave system, and the 13 were caught in an air pocket, surrounded by rising muddy water, nearly four kilometres from the cave entrance. None of them knew how to dive. Expert Australian, British, American, Chinese and other international divers joined the Thai Navy SEALs and hundreds of local volunteers to mount one of the most risky and complex rescue operations the world has ever seen. Australian doctor Richard Harris and his dive partner Craig Challen were among the last out of the cave, 18 days later. Massola recreates the drama, tension and inspiration of the days in July 2018 when the eyes of the whole world were trained on a remote Thai mountain.

The Great Cave Rescue

Author: James Massola

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 0715653849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5025

First came the awful news that 12 boys and their football coach were missing. Then came the flickering video of the boys found by a pair of British divers nine days later. Monsoon rains had raised the water level in the cave system, and they were trapped in an air pocket, surrounded by rising muddy water, over two kilometres from the cave entrance. Expert British, Australian, American, Chinese, and other international divers joined the Thai Navy SEALs and hundreds of local volunteers to mount one of the most risky and complex rescue operations the world has ever seen. South-east Asia correspondent James Massola recreates the drama, tension, and inspiration of the days in July 2018 when the eyes of the whole world were trained on a remote Thai mountain. Very little information about what happened inside the cave was released by the Thai authorities at the time, but through interviews Massola has managed to obtain extensive details of the nine long days the Wild Boars were on their own and during the rescue operation itself as well as background information about the boys and coach. He writes about the pivotal role of the British Cave Rescue Council in leading the international effort, and determining the technical aspects of the rescue. He reveals how the Thai, British, US, Australian and other international divers worked together so smoothly, when even a minor miscommunication could have resulted in death or serious injury. And, most dramatically, he discloses the number of instances in which the rescue operation nearly went wrong.

The Great Cave Rescue

Author: James Massola

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780715653852


Page: 240

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

Author: Christina Soontornvat

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1536209457

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 0

View: 4210

Winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Young People's Literature A 2021 Newbery Honor Book A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book A 2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist A 2021 Orbis Pictus Honor Book A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight. On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water? Luckily, the Wild Boars are a very extraordinary "ordinary" group. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat—who was visiting family in Northern Thailand when the Wild Boars went missing—masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission. Meticulously researched and generously illustrated with photographs, this page-turner includes an author’s note describing her experience meeting the team, detailed source notes, and a bibliography to fully immerse readers in the most ambitious cave rescue in history.


Author: Levison Wood

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1801102589

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1014

View: 8563

100 of the most astonishing stories of human survival, adventure and exploration, chosen by Levison Wood. We are always captivated by tales of courage and bravery, of world-firsts and death-defying experiences. In this anthology, explorer and bestselling author Levison Wood has gathered 100 of the most fascinating accounts of human endurance throughout history. From the heroism of Antarctic explorers to pioneering women in the Middle East; from record-breaking athletes to survivors of war and torture, this wide-ranging collection embraces both classics of the genre, as well as new and neglected voices. The extracts are organised around a range of themes; you will find those who sought out new frontiers, or who purposely tested their physical limits in full knowledge of the dangers or risks they might face, but also those who endured persecution and suffering, or were thrust into life or death situations yet defied the odds to survive. Endurance is packed full of you-couldn't-make-it-up true stories and adventure fiction classics, from the high seas to the poles, from inhospitable jungles and deserts to the unknown realms of space, through physical and mental despair to euphoric highs. Yet all of these extraordinary stories celebrate the enduring nature of the human spirit, and show the mental and physical determination it sometimes takes to achieve one's aims. This varied and compelling collection will take you on an adventure around the world, but also on an emotional journey exploring what it means to be human. Includes extracts about and by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Amelia Earhart, Marie Colvin, John Krakauer, Solomon Northrup, Ella Maillart, Freya Stark, Ed Stafford, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Aron Lee Ralston, María Elena Moyano, Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhart, Nellie Bly, Alex Honnold, Nelson Mandela, David Nott, Jules Verne, Neil Armstrong and Scott Kelly.


Author: Ralph Crane,Lisa Fletcher

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780234600

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 2737

Shortlisted for the Tratman Award 2015 To enter caves is to venture beyond the realm of the everyday. From huge vaulted caverns to impassable, water-filled passages; from the karst topography of Guilin in China to the lava tubes of Hawaii; from tiny remote pilgrimage sites to massive tourism enterprises, caves are places of mystery. Dark spaces that remain largely unexplored, caves are astonishing wonders of nature and habitats for exotic flora and fauna. This book investigates the natural and cultural history of caves and considers the roles caves have played in the human imagination and experience of the natural world. It explores the long history of the human fascination with caves, across countries and continents, examining their dual role as spaces of both wonder and fear. It tells the tales of the adventurers who pioneered the science of caves and those of the explorers and cave-divers still searching for new, unmapped routes deep into the earth. This book explores the lure of the subterranean world by examining caving and cave tourism and by looking to the mythology, literature, and art of caves. This lavishly illustrated book will appeal to general readers and experts alike interested in the ecology and use of caves, or the extraordinary artistic responses earth’s dark recesses have evoked over the centuries.

Encyclopedia of Caves

Author: William B. White,David C. Culver,Tanja Pipan

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128141255

Category: Science

Page: 1250

View: 3044

Encyclopedia of Caves, Third Edition, provides detailed background information to anyone with a serious interest in caves. This includes students, both undergraduate and graduate, in the earth, biological and environmental sciences, and consultants, environmental scientists, land managers and government agency staff whose work requires them to know something about caves and the biota that inhabit them. Caves touch on many scientific interests in geology, climate science, biology, hydrology, archaeology, and paleontology, as well as more popular interests in sport caving and cave exploration. Case studies and descriptions of specific caves selected for their special features and public interest are also included. This book will appeal to these audiences by providing in-depth essays written by expert authors chosen for their expertise in their assigned subject. Features 14 new chapters and 13 completely rewritten chapters Contains beautifully illustrated content, with more than 500 color images of cave life and features Provides extensive bibliographies that allow readers to access their subject of interest in greater depth

Repossessing Shanland

Author: Jane M. Ferguson

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299333000

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 1338

The Shan have been fighting since 1958 for the autonomous state in Southeast Asia they were promised. Jane M. Ferguson articulates Shanland as an ongoing project of resistance, resilience, and accommodation within Thailand and Myanmar, showing how the Shan have forged a homeland and identity during great upheaval.


Author: Rick Stanton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405944110

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 370

View: 772

THE ENTHRALLING INSIDE STORY OF THE THAI CAVE RESCUE NOW CHRONICLED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HIT DOCUMENTARY THE RESCUE WRITTEN BY THE MAN AT THE HEART OF THE MISSION 'The British divers are all heroes' Clive Cussler 'A case study in courage' Ron Howard, Oscar-winning director of Apollo 13 ________ 'They were utterly alone inside the mountain, isolated from the rest of the world. They might as well have been on another planet . . .' In July 2018, twelve boys and their football coach disappeared into Tham Luang Cave in Thailand. Trapped miles beneath the surface, not even the Thai Navy SEALs had the skills to bring them to safety. With the floodwater rising rapidly, time was running out . . . Any hope of survival rested on Rick Stanton, a retired Midlands firefighter with a living room full of homemade cave-diving equipment. As unlikely as it seemed, to those in the know, Rick and his partner, John Volanthen, were regarded as the A-team for exactly this kind of mission. The Thai Cave Rescue was the culmination of a lifelong obsession, requiring every ounce of skill and ingenuity accumulated by Rick over a four decade pursuit of the unknown. While the world held its breath, Rick, John and their assembled team raced against time in the face of near impossible odds. There was simply no precedent for what they were attempting to do . . . In Aquanaut Rick reveals the real story of the cave rescue for the first time. And of a life lived without compromise in which any mistake could have been his last. It's an edge-of-your-seat story of courage and conviction that will take you deep into the most remote and unforgiving places on the planet, told with humour, unflinching honesty, and a relentless drive for adventure. ________ 'Diver Rick Stanton relives the rescue of the century' SUNDAY TIMES 'This is their riveting, behind-the-scenes story. Captivating' SUNDAY POST THE RESCUE WATCHED BY THE WORLD 'The Thai cave rescue was phenomenally dangerous, and the work of true heroes' iNews '[The rescue] was fantastic, it really was . . .' HRH Prince William 'If it was me stuck anywhere, the one person I would want to come and rescue me is Rick Stanton' Alex Daw, Watch Commander, West Midlands Fire Service 'One of the great stories of our time' Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Oscar-winning co-director of Free Solo 'Rick Stanton is not the most domesticated of men' Sunday Telegraph

Wild Boars Live Twice!

Author: Michael Y. Lum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789811402340

Category: Caving

Page: 200

View: 6723

On July 10 2018, when Michael read the online news, all the 12 boys and their coach were extracted successfully by a team of the world's best divers, after being trapped in Tham Luang Cave, for 18 days, he felt this tingling irresistible urge to regale the complete story in its truest, organized and informative form. In a rush to publish the news the next day, some stories were published without checking the true facts thoroughly. Extra bits and pieces were added to sensationalize it.To dig into the truth and uncover more information, Michael visited Thailand, attended the cave exhibition, and interviewed divers, specialists, rescuers and volunteers. Additionally, he interviewed others through email, phone and face-to-face. He read the news and watched videos extensively to uncover the truth and to reconfirm it.To make the book as original as the massive search and rescue operation, Michael commissioned an artist to paint a colored painting showing the precise moment where the lost football-loving boys were found by a pair of British divers for the front cover and the female spirit that ruled the cave Jao Mae Nang Non (The Reclining Princess) for the back cover. He also commissioned an illustrator to draw over 30 black and white illustrations and maps so that readers can visualize and understand the story better.Coming from a South-East Asian background, Michael angled the book giving readers a twist of Thai culture and family as well as explain the worship of animism and Buddhism prevalent in South East Asia. He dwelled into animism so that readers can appreciate Jao Mae Nang Non. A background on the Golden Triangle where the marooned stateless boys came from gives readers an empathic perspective.Besides telling the story in its most original form, Michael analyzed various hazards of the cave, innovative rescue techniques and the survival techniques in a damped confined environment in a cave where oxygen level was plunging. Conscious Meditation techniques as taught by Coach Ake in the endangering moment are revealed here.In simple English, Michael wrote and organized the daring rescue story in an easy-to-read format spread over 200 pages. Every night with the accompaniment of piano music floating in the background, Michael penned the story in his balcony. In all, he took 5 months to complete the book."When the book was published in Amazon, I felt a great sense of relief. I was able to contribute, in a small way, to the rescue of 12 young boys and their coach by regaling the search and rescue operation that kept the world on tenterhooks," confessed Michael.His book is titled WILD BOARS LIVE TWICE as the young Moo Pa footballers cheated death once in this spellbinding search and rescue operation that kept the entire world glue to social media and online news. The twelve boys and their assistant coach have now a new lease of life to look forward."Michael Lum is a consummate storyteller. He is passionate about his work and the role of stories as teaching tools." Stephen C. Lundin, author of FISH!"Michael is an empathetic and purposeful trainer who causes attitudinal changes in his workshops. He places a grain of sand in your oyster to irritate you and create a pearl." Dr Marshall Goldsmith, World's No. 1 Coach.