Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives The Thai Cave Rescue

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Pub. Date: 2021-07-13
Publisher(s): Aurum Press
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Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives is diver John Volanthen’s nail-biting account of the incredible rescue of a Thai youth soccer team who had been trapped for over a week in a flooded cave.

The world held its breath in July 2018 when the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach went missing for 9 days deep underground after being stranded by a rainy-season downpour while exploring a complex of caves after practice. The picture of them alive on a ledge in a flooded cave made front page news worldwide. 
As his light flickered from one boy to another, one diver called out, “How many of you?” “Thirteen,” a boy answered. “Brilliant,” the diver said. The diver was British cave diver John Volanthen.

After 10 days trapped in the flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, and after an enormous effort that had transfixed the world, the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach had finally been found in the Tham Luan Cave. The world celebrated a happy ending and the incredible courage and skills of the rescue team.

Each chapter tells one part of the story from Tham Luang but also imparts a life lesson, gleaned from John’s exploration and rescue efforts, that can be applied to everyday obstacles and challenges.

John’s story shows how an average person can do the unimaginable, inspiring the superhero in us all.

Author Biography

John Volanthen began caving with the scouts at the age of 14 and is now a world record–holding British cave diver who has been at the forefront of underground rescue and exploration for over twenty years. Best known as the first diver to locate and contact the missing youth Thai soccer team with his diving partner Rick Stanton, he also planned and participated in the children’s rescue, carrying three children to safety. John has been involved in search, rescue and recovery operations as well as mapping caves worldwide. His many awards include the British and Commonwealth George Medal, the Scout Association Bronze Cross, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and Scientific Exploration Society Pioneer with Purpose.

With a background in medical electronics, John has invented underwater mapping devices, communications systems and state of the art, micro rebreathers, allowing divers to stay underwater longer than was previously possible. In Wookey Hole in the UK, alongside Rick Stanton, John advanced the British cave diving depth record to over 90M. As part of an international team, he set a world record for the longest cave dive from surface, well over 10km. John lives in Bristol and continues to explore and document underwater caves throughout the world. He is always on standby for the next rescue.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Start with Why Not?
Lesson 2: Listen to the Quiet Voice
Lesson 3: Zoom In, Zoom Out
Lesson 4: Rest and Decompress
Lesson 5: One Breath at a Time
Lesson 6: Expect the Unexpected
Lesson 7: Step Up and Step Back
Lesson 8: Harnessing Teamwork and Trust
Lesson 9: Hurry Up and Do . . . Nothing
Lesson 10: Keep it Simple
Lesson 11: Rehearse. Then Repeat
Lesson 12: Make Success a Habit
Lesson 13: Define Your Own Happiness
End Note: Full Circle
The Thirteen Lessons
John Volanthen

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