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Against All Odds: The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it Paperback – 5 November 2019
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Craig Challen SC OAM is an Australian veterinary surgeon, technical diver and cave explorer. He was the recipient of the Oztek 2009 Diver of the Year award for his services to caving, and was jointly awarded 2019 Australian of the Year.
Richard Harris (Author)
Richard 'Harry' Harris SC OAM is an Australian anaesthetist and cave diver who played a crucial role in the Tham Luang cave rescue. He and Craig Challen were jointly awarded 2019 Australian of the Year as a result of that rescue.
- Publisher : Viking; 1st edition (5 November 2019)
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1760890952
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760890957
- Dimensions : 15.4 x 2.8 x 23.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
A couple of things really lift this book. The first is that it is a great story, even if you know the basics of what happened. The second is the style in which it is written - these are authentic Australian voices, taking the job seriously but not themselves too seriously, plenty of humour, you almost feel the thing they are most proud of is sneaking past the Thai PM by hiding in an ambulance full of nurses. This is more like listening to a couple of blokes down the pub spinning a yarn than reading a book, and what a great yarn it is.
Reading this rescue moment by moment made you feel you were in the cave with them. Gripping and riveting I couldn’t put the book down. Loved it. A happy ending that took courage to believe in the end result.
The story of these young boys, their being trapped so far into the cave and the effort that went into bringing them out was incredible.
I would recommend anyone who thinks they know what happened at the rescue to read this book.
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Its quite expensive as its posted from Australia but well worth it.
Together, with parents and families, divers and doctors, Navy SEALS, and thousands of volunteers from many countries, this account truly demonstrates to the world a rare combination of human sacrifice, science and spirituality.