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The Rescue - A Film Review


The Rescue is an Academy Award winning film by directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin.

Like many around the world, we watched the unfolding story of 12 Thai boys and their football coach trapped in a cave.

The film recaptures the tension by illustrating the risks of cave diving and the back and forth arguments as people from several nations weigh the risks involved in selecting one method or another to find the boys. Experienced divers fail. Two middle-aged cave divers from England finally find the boys alive and promise they'll be back. But how do you safely bring 13 people underwater?

Discover the role of experience as courage and confidence varies from person to person. See how people from different cultures come together to help. Consider the importance of the boys' religion in their wellbeing. Think about the role of general science and medical science in the successful outcome--technology, oxygen, medication, and more.

The film was released 8 October 2021. The rescue took place in 2018.

Some Featured People

Rick Stanton and John Volanthen are English cave divers. Thai Nurse "Amp" Bangngoen met John during her travels in the UK and served as a translator for the Brits and other English speakers. Experienced cave diver, Jason Mallinson of England, joined the rescue efforts after the boys were found alive.

Dr. Richard "Harry" Harris is the Australian physician and cave diver whose medical skills and bravery were crucial to the successful outcome.

Captain Mitch Torrel USAF played a key role in coordination of the multinational effort.

Rating PG

Available: National Geographic


A Book: John Valanthen (2021). Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue - the daring mission in the BAFTA nominated documentary The Rescue on AMAZON

"Meet the British 'A-team' Divers"- The Washington Post story

CNN News Story of The Rescue

Images of The Rescue

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