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Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang

13 July 2018

The Philippines on Friday joined the worldwide community in rejoicing with Thailand after the daring rescue of 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach in a flooded cave complex in the northern part of the country.

Both Chu and Pure Flix's films will be based on the rescue of the 12 young Thai soccer players and their 25-year-old coach who were trapped in a cave complex near the Myanmar border.

Then, with the final divers slowly exiting the cave on Tuesday, the pumps suddenly failed pushing the water level up towards head height in a previously wadeable section of the cave.

Volanthen paid tribute to the Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters, saying his death brought a "bittersweet" taste to an otherwise "excellent" operation.

After exploring the caves on June 23, the soccer team and their coach were left stranded, around four kilometres inside the cave system after heavy rains and floodwater blocked their pathway out.

It also involved about 90 divers in all, 50 of them from overseas, as well as medics, ambulance drivers, and helicopter pilots to take the boys straight to hospital in the town of Chiang Rai.

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This will be the second time that Ivanhoe Pictures and Jon M. Chu will be teaming up as their first collaboration, Crazy Rich Asians, will be arriving in theaters on August 15.

"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred". He was the only casualty of the operation. "I want to see the face of my child and embrace him and ask him how he feels and how he's doing".

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid. All the divers rejected suggestions they should be knighted.

But one man has emerged as a pivotal figure in the most unlikely of rescues - Australian diver and anaesthetist Richard "Harry" Harris.

Without him "this mission may not have succeeded", the Thai rescue chief, Narongsak Osottanakorn, told reporters late Wednesday.

In a statement, Harris and his dive partner Craig Challen expressed relief at the success of the painstaking operation.

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The story was a rollercoaster, with nearly every twist and turn imaginable.

Two days after 12 boys and their soccer coach disappeared inside a cave complex in Thailand's mountainous north, a team of Thai Royal Navy SEALs headed before sunrise into the pitch-black maze of muddy passages to find them.

Schnauer said everyone was focused on the task at hand and the particular role they had to play.

Mr Volanthen said: "It's not like that".

"The teamwork that they went through to get them out is quite phenomenal really".

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Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang