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Miracle in the cave : the twelve lost boys, their coach, and the heroes who rescued them / Liam Cochrane.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2018]
Physical Description:
ix, 301, [8] unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"Originally published as [The Cave] in [Australia] in [2018] by [HarperCollins Australia]"-- Title verso.
"Nine days missing--trapped in the dark behind rising waters in a labyrinthine of caves, with no food and their only drinking water leaking from the cavern walls--survival seemed unlikely for the 12 young boys of the Wild Boar soccer team and Coach Ek, a stateless orphan devoted to Buddhism and his young footballers. Yet, against the odds, a team of determined divers traversed floodwaters and narrow cave ways to find them all, alive and hopeful. In Miracle in the Cave, journalist Liam Cochrane, who reported the story for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, recounts this riveting, race-against-the-clock story, describing in never-before-reported detail the journey of the boys and Coach Ek within the cave and how the rescue unfolded outside--from the contentious political negotiations to the early misadventure that halted the whole operation for several crucial hours and the death of a Thai Navy SEAL diver"-- Provided by publisher.


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Featuring never-before-reported details and exclusive interviews with the boys, their families, and rescue workers, the inspiring true story of how twelve members of the Wild Boar Academy Football Club and their coach survived nine days in a labyrinthine cave in Northern Thailand, and of the incredible men and women who pulled off one of the greatest rescues of all time.

For nine days twelve young soccer players and their coach were confined in the dark by rising waters in the caverns of Tham Luang in Chang Rai, Thailand. With no food or drinking water except the condensation found on the cave walls, their survival seemed unlikely. Yet against the odds, a team of determined divers traversed monsoon floodwaters and narrow passageways to find Coach Ek, a stateless orphan devoted to Buddhism, and his young players alive and hopeful.

Liam Cochrane spent more than two weeks on the scene, and was stationed outside of the cave entrance in daily contact with divers and other key members of the rescue team, reporting the story for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In this mesmerizing and inspiring book, he recounts this ultimate race-against-the-clock event. Filled with never-before-reported details based on exclusive access to the boys, their families, and the rescue team, Miracle in the Cave chronicles the Wild Boars' ordeal in the cave, and the plan that unfolded outside--including the contentious political negotiations, the early misadventure that halted the operation for crucial hours, and the death of Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan.

Going deep inside the area between the Thai and Myanmar border, better known for methamphetamines and illegal wildlife trade, Cochrane guides us through every aspect of the adventure-turned-nightmare-turned miracle: the team's agonizing wait in the darkness; the rescuers' battle against the forces of nature; the work of international experts who pooled their skills to help. Chochrane evokes the rollercoaster of emotions every step of the way--the terror, optimism, sadness, and joy of this indelible experience.

Filled with a spirit of true grit, Miracle in the Cave is a courageous tale of perseverance and a celebration of an inspiring moment when the world came together in hope.

Author Notes

Liam Cochrane Is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Southeast Asia correspondent. Specializing in the Asia Pacific region, he started out in 2004 in Cambodia as a reporter and later served as managing editor of the Phnom Penh Post. He current lives in Bangkok.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Mapsp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Before the Cave
1 A Ride, an Ideap. 7
2 The Wild Boarsp. 11
3 The Sleeping Ladyp. 15
4 Entering the Darknessp. 21
Into The Cave
5 Trappedp. 27
6 The Search Beginsp. 35
7 SEALs Don't Live in Cavesp. 41
8 A Sense of Directionp. 53
9 Plan Bp. 65
10 Help Arrivesp. 81
11 Hope and Heartp. 95
12 Unravelingp. 111
13 Getting Closerp. 115
14 "Brilliant"p. 129
15 Optionsp. 141
16 Politicsp. 153
17 The Little Thingsp. 165
18 Crunch Timep. 173
Out or The Cave
19 Preparationsp. 197
20 Last Wordsp. 207
21 D-Dayp. 213
22 Three More Boysp. 231
23 Five, Six, Seven, Eightp. 239
24 Closing Windowp. 245
After The Cave
25 Sending the Wild Boars Homep. 259
26 Bittersweetp. 267
27 Hunting the Wild Boarsp. 275
28 Controversyp. 285
29 Appeasing the Sleeping Ladyp. 289
Epiloguep. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 297
About the Authorp. 301