A wonderful telling of a truly unique and exceptional situation which had all the elements of a human disaster of epic proportion but transformed into a brilliantly executed rescue beyond all expectation and against insuperable odds to rescuing the 12 boys and their coach alive from their seemingly hopeless predicament. The dangerous obstacles and risks inherent in the Cave were sadly reflected in the death of the very experienced Thai Navy Seal Diver Saman Gunan.
From a suggestion conceived by the British Diver Rick Stanton, one of the two British Divers who found the boys, asking Dr Richard Harris whether he could sedate someone and dive them out of a situation grew the unprecented idea to completely anaesthetise the boys and coach and to then dive them out of the cave. Confronted by ethical and societal dilemmas and foreboding of monsoonal downpours which posed risks of flooding the cave and drowing everyone, Richard Harris narrates the tortuous efforts to have his rescue idea approved by the Thai authorities and the realities of implementing the daring plan.
The enormity of the daring and physically demanding events which had to be rerpeated 13 times is extraordinary and a testament to the bravery and endurance of every member involved in ther rescue and against insuperable odds.
A great read and wonderful insight into the feelings and thoughts of both Richard Harris and Craig Challen as they went about the rescue but also the other wonderful participants and the boys and their coach.
Reading the full story by those involved with an incredible team of professionals, quietly and calmly going about their business......couldn't put it down. Real men, real doubts, real emotions and amazing outcome from such an unbelievably difficult situation
This book gives a frank insight into the involvement of the medical team involved in the rescue, and the possible and actual consequences of their decisions. We all know the outcome of course, but Dr Harrison was confronted with the very real possibility that none of the soccer team would survive, and he would gain infamy as the “Doctor who killed the boys”, a burden that would obviously change his life in all aspects into the future, elevating him into the company of Dr Shipton. As it was his father died suddenly whilst he was away. The recent death of a Thai Navy Seal from blood poisoning picked up in the cave also reinforces the tremendous risks taken.