At Least Two Thai Cave Rescue Films Are In Works

The 38-year-old filmmaker and Ivanhoe Pictures are working with Thai Navy SEALs and Thailand's government to develop the film and tell the dramatic rescue of the youth soccer team.

The complex, three-day rescue saw four boys emerge on Sunday, four on Monday, and the final four boys plus their coach on Tuesday.

Their rescue was particularly treacherous because the boys, aged 11 to 16, had to swim through tight spaces despite having no previous diving experience, and many of whom couldn't swim.

Three of the boys, as well as their coach, who were trapped in a Thai cave, are refugees, according to reports.

"Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers". The boys have been given health cards, which they will continue to carry for two weeks after they leave the hospital, in order to jot down any issues.

When news arrived after nine days that all twelve boys and the coach had been found, his mother said: "Thank you to God".

Isn't that wonderful? The Thai rescue mission has taught us one thing.

The extensive search-and-rescue operation, which included more than 1,000 people from various nations, has now switched to a treatment process.

This was evident in some footage released by the Thai Navy SEALs where the Thai divers could be seen using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to haul stretchers holding two of the immobile young footballers to safety.

It received blanket coverage in Thai media with newspaper The Nation running the headline "Hooyah!" It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team.

The boys lost on average 2kg during their ordeal but are said to be in good physical condition.

"It might be because they were all together as a team, helping each other out", said Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, public health ministry inspector general.

The water pumps failed, and Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong heard shouts of alarm as the final stage of an unprecedented operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their coach from a flooded cave nearly tipped into disaster.

"We just needed them to know how to breathe and not panic in the water", he said.

The Pentagon downplayed the role of USA troops, releasing little information about them until the boys and their coach began emerging from the cave system.

Initially, authorities thought they faced a reasonably easy task in getting the boy outs, but rescue efforts were quickly thwarted by rain and rising water levels inside the partially flooded passageways.

  • Eleanor Harrison