Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue

By: Marc Aronson

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand when disaster struck. A rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them as they took shelter on a shelf of the dark cave. Eight days of searching yielded no signs of life, but on July 2 they were discovered by two British divers. The boys and their coach were eventually rescued in an international operation that took three days. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

Cast of characters. Author’s note on research and writing. Source notes. Recommendations for further reading and viewing. Index. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Full-color photo insert.

ISBN: 9781534444133

JLG Release: Jul 2019


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Topics: Caving , Caving accidents , Search and rescue operations , Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

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Twelve young Thai soccer players and their coach were “lost in a pitch-black cave with no way to reach the outside world, no food, and rising water.” It’s the stuff of disaster movies, but it was real. After practice on Saturday, June 23, 2018, the boys and their assistant teacher-coach Ekapon Jantawong decided to explore the 6.4-mile cave sy Twelve young Thai soccer players and their coach were “lost in a pitch-black cave with no way to reach the outside world, no food, and rising water.” It’s the stuff of disaster movies, but it was real. After practice on Saturday, June 23, 2018, the boys and their assistant teacher-coach Ekapon Jantawong decided to explore the 6.4-mile cave system called Tham Luang Nang Non. With the worst timing imaginable, a huge rainstorm flooded the cave’s tunnels, trapping Ek and the boys. When they didn’t return home that afternoon, word got out that they were missing; soon the crisis became one of international concern, and rescue cave div¬ers arrived from all over the world. Aronson (whose Trapped, rev. 9/11, was about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster) offers a day-by-day account that heightens ten¬sion as it follows the heroic rescue efforts. Black-and-white photographs through¬out, plus an eight-page color insert, also remind readers of the immediacy—and the seriousness—of the situation (one of the divers perished). Aronson sees the international cooperation behind the rescue as “a mirror of the best of human¬ity at a time where leaders trading on fear, on hatred, on the worst of humanity, were whipping up crowds and winning elections.” In the extensive back matter, he discusses how he asked Thai readers and researchers at Princeton to help him understand the “Thai view of the events” and how he welcomes future books that will give a “more complete understanding” of the story.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534444133

First Release

July 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

796.52

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 6"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.5; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.3; Points: 8;

Lexile

Level 1090L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Caving, Caving accidents, Search and rescue operations, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand,

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