Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives
The Thai Cave Rescue
by John Volanthen
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Pub Date 13 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 1 Jul 2021
‘A profound and thrilling read.’ —COLIN FARRELL
‘Riveting...a powerful story written by a hero who lived it.’ —RON HOWARD, Oscar-winning director of Apollo 13
This is the thrilling account of the dramatic Thai cave rescue which saved the lives of thirteen people, from the diver who led the rescue.
In this first-hand account, John Volanthen reveals how he pushed the limits of human endurance in the life-or-death mission to rescue the Thai youth soccer team trapped in the flooded cave.
The world held its breath in 2018 when the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach went missing deep underground in the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand. They had been stranded by sudden, continuous monsoon rains while exploring the caves after practice.
With torrential rain pouring down and the waters still on the rise, an army of rescue teams and equipment was deployed, including Thai Navy SEALs, a US Air Force special tactics squadron, police sniffer dogs, drones and robots. But it was British cave diver John Volanthen and his partner, Rick Stanton, who were first to reach the stranded team and who played a key role in their ultimate rescue.
As John’s light flickered from one boy to another, he called out, ‘How many of you?’ ‘Thirteen,’a boy answered. After 10 days trapped in desperate darkness, the boys and their coach were all alive.
Each chapter of Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives tells one part of the edge-of-your-seat mission from Tham Luang but also imparts a life lesson, gleaned from John’s previous rescues and record-breaking cave dives, that can be applied to everyday obstacles and challenges.
In this story of breathtaking courage and nerves of steel, John reveals how responding positively to the statement, ‘But I can’t…’ by stating, ‘I can,’ led to one of the most incredible rescues of all time.
He hopes that his story will inspire the superhero in you. Meanwhile, he is always on standby for the next rescue.
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One of the most incredible rescue missions ever! The world held its breath in 2018 when the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach went missing deep underground in the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand. They had been stranded by sudden, continuous monsoon rains while exploring the caves after practice. A fabulous read I was gripped by this story from the first chapter. Fully recommend a read.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced reading copy of this engrossing book. ‘Thirteen Lessons That Saved Thirteen Lives’ is written by John Volanthen, one of the British cave divers who assisted with the rescue of the boys and their coach stuck in Tham Luang cave in Thailand in 2018. It’s completely fascinating and gripping hearing John’s account both of how he came to be involved in the rescue operation and the actual rescue of the boys which is so much more complicated than many of us will have realised. The author uses what he has learned from the cave rescue and applied this to lessons for everyday life. It’s a really interesting approach to telling the story. For me the book really picks up pace in the final few chapters. It’s such an incredible story and John is methodical in his detail of his experience. What stuck with me most is how he felt he could help with the rescue mission at the outset and so put himself forward. John’s words of wisdom to ignore your inner critic and say ‘why not?’ is a good life reminder to us all.
Amazing rescue mission that you will read holding your breath! Loved the book, the writing was very engaging that reads like fiction.
Thanks a lot to NG and the publisher for this copy.
life-lessons, nonfiction, cave-diving, caves, rescue, Thailand, teamwork*****
The author is a renowned cave diver from England who has been called out to many cave rescues, but the most publicized was the rescue of twelve boys and their soccer coach from a cave system in Thailand during monsoon season with the caves filling with water. The rescue was an international effort and the teamwork was as impressive as the rescue. Against the backdrop of a recounting of the entire event is a defined and applied list of life lessons appropriate for everyone.
1. Start with why not?
2. Listen to the quiet voice
3. Zoom in, zoom out
4. Rest, and decompress
5. One breath at a time
6. Expect the unexpected
7. Step up and step back
8. Harnessing teamwork and trust
9. Hurry up and do…nothing
10. Keep it simple(simple and reliable delivers success)
11. Rehearse. Then repeat
12. Make success a habit
13. Define your own happiness (It's OK to do OK)
I've read two other books about the monumental task, but this one is back drop to things everyone ought to know. EXCELLENT!
I requested and received a temporary digital ARC of this book from Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion and Aurum Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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