The dramatic rescue of 12 young Thai footballers and their coach from a cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province on Tuesday has already inspired a documentary by Discovery Channel. The hour-long documentary, titled Operation Thai Cave Rescue and produced by Discovery Channel and ITN Productions, will be aired on Discovery on Friday and on Science Channel on Saturday, The Wrap reported.
The boys and their coach were trapped in the cave for 18 days. The press release as quoted by The Wrap stated, “From the moment the heartbreaking news broke that 12 young Thai soccer players and their 25-year-old coach were stuck in a cave complex near the Myanmar border, the world has been glued to the rescue and recovery details...But as each boy has been pulled out, there remains many questions. Why were these boys there? How did they survive for nearly two weeks without food and without knowing how to swim? What will their physical and mental state be moving forward? What would it take to get this group out of this treacherous cave, and why did the unique geology of this cave present so many challenges?”
The documentary will be the first to “explore and unpack every angle of this remarkable rescue operation”, the press release stated. The film will include “exclusive early access to men and women – including family members – who have been living and breathing the events” and will focus on “the triumph of the human spirit and the extraordinary scientific and technological innovations used to complete this miracle rescue”.