What happened In The Thailand Cave Rescue?
12 football players and their 25 year old coach were trapped in a cave in Thailand on June 23. They were rescued after 10 days.
The football players and their coach set out exploring the cave to celebrate a boy’s birthday. Heavy floods in the area caused their exit to be blocked and rescuers were unable to reach the trapped boys.
Upon heavy search of the boys, their belongings were found outside the cave. This alarmed the rescue teams to start their operation. Rescuers raced time to find the boys as heavy rains continued.
The rescue plan begun on June 25 when the cave drained to allow rescue divers to enter the cave. On July 28, British divers joined the rescue team and finally 2 boys were discovered alive.
On July 8 — the first day of the mission — rescuers were able to bring four boys to safety. They were forced to trawl through dark, narrow passageways, some of which are no more than two feet (0.6 metre) wide. This is the dangerous route that claimed former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan’s life after he ran out of oxygen.
The first two boys were rescued at around 6pm local time. Shortly before 8pm, the Thai Navy SEALs reported on their official Facebook page that four had been rescued. The next phase began on July 9 and a eighth boy was rescued.
Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, announced that faith-based production house Pure Flix will be turning the incident into a film.
In a video filmed at the scene of the flooded cave in the country’s north, he said, “I couldn’t be more excited. This story has meant so much to me as I have followed it in Thailand this summer.”
He continued, “My wife actually grew up with the Thai Navy SEAL that died in the cave. To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it’s just such a touching event and so personal to me.”
“We’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe,” Scott added. “And we’re here witnessing the events, gathering some contacts and everything, to really tell a story about an international effort, the entire world coming together to save (12) kids trapped in this Thai cave.”