Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Thai Cave Rescue Nearly Ended In Disaster. 20 Rescuers Were Still Inside

Thai Cave Rescue Nearly Ended In Disaster. 20 Rescuers Were Still Inside

"We're here (in Thailand) really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe", says Michael Scott CEO of Pure Flix, which specializes in Christian and family films.

Pure Flix co-founder David A.R. White told The Wall Street Journal the company - which was behind the 2014-18 God's Not Dead trilogy - was talking to actors, writers and potential investors.

Mr Volanthen, an IT consultant based in Bristol but who grew up in Brighton, was one of the first rescuers to discover the group huddled in the darkness of the Luang Nang Non Cave.

A Thai health official says the soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave lost weight during their two-week ordeal but had water while they were trapped and are in good health.

The Thai navy has released new footage from inside the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys and their coach were trapped for more than two weeks, revealing more details about the multi-day rescue mission that captured the attention of the world. The rescuers faced a complicated and risky diving mission to free the rest of the team and their coach.

"I want this warm hug once again", his widow Valeepoan said on Instagram, posting a photo of her and Mr Saman embracing.

A former Thai navy SEAL told Agence France-Presse that the 12 boys were partially sedated, fitted with a full face mask and passed from diver to diver through the cave complex in stretchers. One of the boys lies on it covered in a metallic, reflective material.


The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach entered the cave to celebrate one of the player's birthday.

The soccer teammates had become trapped in the cave June 23 and were finally extracted by experienced divers over three days.

Further three boys were rescued on Tuesday.

At the start of the seven-minute video, posted on Facebook just a day after the last of the 13 members of the group were successfully escorted out of the cave, two divers are seen adjusting their equipment while standing chest-deep in murky water. Getting trained divers into the cave was easier than getting untrained kids out.

The schoolboys rescued from a flooded cave system in Thailand were dosed with an anti-anxiety drug to stop them panicking during the terrifying underwater mission, the country's prime minister has admitted. "They are children being children, it was an accident", Narongsak said.

"They can't go, they have to stay in hospital for a while", Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, of the public health ministry, told reporters yesterday when asked about the offer to attend Sunday's match. The Thai Navy SEALs have also published dramatic footage of the operation, showing how expert divers brought the Wild Boar football team to the surface. "To see all that bravery in the cave and then to get all the divers out has been such a touching event".

California-born Chu, who has Chinese heritage, also tweeted that he will not "let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story.".

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