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New book recounts Thai cave rescue of Wild Boars

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On June 23 2018, the world first heard about the disappearance of 12 Thai boys, the young Mu Pa football team and their assistant coach, in a cave system in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.

“When the cave was unexpectedly flooded, the boys, aged between 11 and 16, and 24 year old Ekapol “Coach Ek” Jantawong, were trapped deep inside, with no means of communication with the outside world. Only a scooter and 11 bicycles they had left in the bushes outside the cave offered a clue to their whereabouts.”

When the boys failed to return home that night it was their head coach and distraught parents who rushed to the cave, and began calling out for their boys.

“The only answer came from the cave itself, the echoes bouncing the names back at them” writes Journalist Matt Gutman in his new book, The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand. 

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Chief national correspondent for America’s ABC News, Mat Gutman covered the rescue operation on location. His account is well researched, including interviews with dozens of local witnesses, experts and rescuers. As the first published work on the incident (many more of which are expected to follow) there is high expectations for it to be made into a feature film.

The story appears to be made for the big screen; as a desperate situation brings an international team of experts to pull off an almost lunatic escape plan in a complex underwater cave system. The book chronicles the background of all the boys and their assistant coach and how they struggled to find higher ground as they were forced deeper into the caves.

How they practiced meditation to help pass the hours submerged in almost total darkness, managing what little food and light they had. A small army being formed outside the caves, desperate to rescue the boys, with international help eventually arriving to help give another perspective to the problem.

The book follows the arrival of foreigners whilst the local community comes together to help the group of young men escape what to some seemed to be a lost cause, and then succeed.

Since the events in the book the boys and their coach were ordained as monk novices (except for one), travel the US, appear on the ‘Ellen Show’ and meet and train with football legend Zlatan Ibrahimović.

New book recounts Thai cave rescue of Wild Boars | News by The Thaiger

Come the final page, and despite the death of retired Thai Seal Saman Gunan, who perished while laying guidelines in a flooded passage, the reader of The Boys in the Cave will be forgiven for repeating the rescue camp’s battle cry of “Hooyah!”, and joyfully punching the air.

SOURCE: The Daily Star



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Chiang Rai Tourist Police hunting another foreign graffiti sprayer – VIDEO

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The Chiang Rai Tourist Police are hunting for a foreign man who was caught on CCTV footage spraying on a wall near the old bus terminal in Chiang Rai.

The northern Tourist Police office yesterday were trying to find the man who is clearly identified on CCTV footage spraying the wall of a restaurant.

Anyone who see this foreign man is asked to call the Chiang Rai Tourist Police on 053 152 547.

A Russian woman, who was caught red-handed spray painting a road in Rawai last month, was caught and fined for her midemeanour. She claimed she was looking for her lost boyfriend.

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Burmese man arrested with 300 kilogram of ‘ice’ in Chiang Rai

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A Burmese man from the Shan State has been arrested after troops intercepted his pickup and found a large shipment of 300 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine last night.

The Pha Muang Taskforce had officers set up a checkpoint on the bypass near Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district between the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge and Ban Nam Jam village in Tambon Pong Pha.

Troops say they saw a pickup slow down and make a U-turn before it reached the checkpoint so they chased after it until the driver lost control and drove off the road.

Police report that the driver managed to flee into the roadside forest but his passenger, Sam, also Shan, was arrested. Authorities later learned that the fleeing driver was identified as 34 year old Nattapol Thongkham.

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Thailand has a special support team in the stands today – Asian Cup opener against India

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by Debayan Sen in Abu Dhabi for ESPN

Ahead of their Asian Cup opening game against India today, Thailand will have four champion footballers supporting them from the stands. Well, champions in their Chiang Rai district games anyway.

The Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, whose rescue from the Tham Luang caves last year captured the imagination of the world, will be at the Al Nahyan Stadium supporting their country, as special guests of the Asian Football Confederation.

Yesterday, three of them were taken on a guided tour of the stadium and spoke to the media while being shown around. Coach Eakapol spoke for his boys, describing the trip as a unique opportunity to cheer for their team.

“It’s their goal and dream to be professional footballers one day,” he said.

Titan, the shortest of the boys, is a forward and a huge Lionel Messi fan. His coach likes Messi too, as does midfielder Tee. Adul, who likes to play on the right wing, is the only one to idolise Cristiano Ronaldo. Not surprisingly, he’s also the only Juventus fan among Barcelona buffs.

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Read the rest of the story from ESPN HERE.

And follow the Asian Cup games HERE.

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