Divers reveal extraordinary behind-the-scenes details of Thailand cave rescue | Four Corners

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Four Corners documents the extraordinary international effort to find and rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a remote cave in northern Thailand. Mark Willacy was in northern Thailand for this special report. The Australian cave divers at the centre of the rescue -- Dr Richard Harris and Craig Challen -- have since both been named 2019 Australian of the Year. For more from ABC News, click here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/ Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ab.co/1svxLVE You can also like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/abcnews.au Or follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/abcnews_au Or even on Twitter: http://twitter.com/abcnews

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I See You : when we work together magic happens......imagine if the world worked together....

masterimbecile : "How many of you?" "Thirteen." "Brilliant!" The moment of the decade right there.

WatfordMan : R.I.P. Saman Gunan. We will never forget you.

Tafa Fa : This is what happens when there is no politics involved.

Dawie Van Emmenes : Imagine diving in zero visibility , navigating through tight crevices with a sedated kids life in your hands. This is the stuff of nightmares.Good job.

DNA Cowboy : British divers: ‘we were just the transporters’, astonishing humility and understatement of the facts.

Constellations Somboon : My dad's friend were a truck driver to help pumping the water out

equarg : I know some people were "upset" that the kids and coach and given tranquilizer and basically put into a cocoon before being evacuated. My Mother once went diving in a nice huge straight lava tube, great visibility with a flashlight. Seeing the fish swimming sideways and upside down gave my Mother a Panic attack/vertigo and she almost went thru an hour worth of tank in a few moments hyperventelating. My Father thankfully calmed her down and got her out of there before she ran out of air. She REFUSED to go into underwater caves again after that. So yea, tranquilizer and being brought out the way they were was a great idea! Minimize panic, and let the professional divers do most of the work. May the Thai Navy Seal who died RIP.

Jasmin Miguel : I feel so sad about the gentleman who got unconscious and died in the operation 😢, he has a family on his own his wife was left all alone with the child they have it is very tragic. I don't think I can bare the pain if I was his wife 💔😢 .

fad chanabhon : This is "The Avengers Team" in real life #Respect

mmark292 tbib : This is the most amazing humanitarian effort ever..It has restored my faith in humanity

Erik 567 : I'm a diver and I thought drugging them was the way to go before I knew or they spoke of doing it. Panic is a killer almost 100% of the time. Good call.

CryptoCurrency Line : I have no idea why this story makes me emotional...

Appl Jaxx913 : The coach is amazing in my opinion as he kept the hope alive in a group of teenagers who are terrified out of their minds on top of being hungry, cold, exhausted, etc etc he kept them going in a honestly situation that is pretty bleak as they can’t swim, they surely can’t dive either so thankfully the world came together and the best divers, medical professionals etc went to do whatever they could to aid in the rescue of these young soccer players and their not much older coach and at the end of it all they all came out of that cave alive 🙏🏻🙏🏻 to the Thai Navy Seal who had left his military career but was compelled to help these boys out and he sadly passed away during the beginning stages but!! His death wasn’t in vain. His bravery and sacrifice are huge he gave it all so those boys would have a chance to be rescued. May he RIP 😭🙏🏻🙏🏻

james hue : R.I.P comrade Saman of navy seal.Thailand.

John Walsh : When things become critical, call in the Brits.

Fackmylife : Cannot even begin to fathom what those children, parents and rescue crews were actually going through. Hats off to them all and RIP to the gentleman who died saving the lives of his countries children, he will never be forgotten.....

CArla Bac : The descriptions given by the British diver about fearing that the child's mask could get dislodged if he banged against a rock and low visibility getting through tight spots literally took my breath away. I think I nearly fainted and felt like I couldnt breathe. How could they not be heroes?! Omg may they be blessed all the days of their lives! Still shaken up!

Aaron P.B. : Those are the kindest, bravest, and most well behaved children I have ever been witness to. It's just unbelievable how calm and collected both the rescue team and the children were.

Linda Vilma Ole : i was really glad that these children has been together playing soccer. The discipline they acquire and developed as a team has helped them survived their ordeal. They were in darkness and having no food for ten days, but when the British divers found them, no one wailed. I saw two kids wiping their face, maybe they shed tears of happiness , for having been found.... as shared by the the children , they went into meditation to be able to conserved energy as suggested by their coach...their trust with their coach is total. The rescue mission was so dangerous.The kids were sedated to control them from panicking as their rescue team would dive with them to transport them to safety and the Australian guy said that the children accepted what they are to do to transport them to safety, no one cried, no one whimpered and he was amazed by the strong spirits, and strong mental strength the boys displayed. The probability of success was stated to be about 60-70%. With this statistics, the rescue team has left no stone not turned. The letters written by the children was a positive move in all angles. What ever happens, everything has been laid plain. The combined effort of Britain, Australia, USA, China, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Canada, and Thailand, etc made this miracle rescue mission possible, CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! I salute YOU!!!

Giacomo Puccini : Thank you, ABC News (Australia), for making this documentary and for making it accessible on YouTube free of charge.

DaChozenPoww : *humanity has won against mother nature*

Hired Goon : Who’s cutting onions? I’m trying to watch this dammit!

Alergies : Not all superheroes wear capes, but wetsuits and oxygen masks. xD

Noc Lob : The most detailed, reliable documentary of RACE AGAINST TIME ive ever watched! Great job. Thank you!

Jed Lumanas : It's so sweet and Godly, how different countries united for the rescue of these children. Politics aside, we are humans, and we really do care about each other.

Colleen King : The best documentary on the Thai Cave Rescue, great interviews, exceptional footage...This truly was an international effort...Spectacular Job!

Scarlett CC : That man who died to save them is truly a hero hope all the boys are doing well and may all the helpers be blessed ♥️

CNN : So awesome to see people put aside their difference and come together in an international effort to preserve human life!

Kat Decarmo : What an incredible mass effort. Everyone from diggers, map makers, drivers, cooks, divers etc. It took SO many facets to make this a successful operation & from my understand most volunteered and were free. Even the farm workers who lost massive crop because they agreed to have the pumps drain into their patties. Just wow and what a stellar effort. Theyre all heroes. The coach thank goodness decided to go with the kids, esp since they kept it a secret they were going there to celebrate one of the kids bdays. My prayers and thoughts are with the thai diver who sacrificed his life to save them. He is a true hero.

Andy : Getting those kids out has been the best bloody news story of the year. Bless all those involved in the rescue.

April 🥀Rose : We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones that make a brighter day so let’s start giving... ❣️🇹🇭 🇺🇸🇹🇭 🇺🇸🇹🇭🇺🇸❣️

Gary Miller : What kind of person down votes something like this? At this time, 340 of them. Sad...

Gaajo Gang : Rip to the thai diver that died in this rescue

Coach John : Look at what we can do when we are all working together, pulling in the same direction. Beautiful story. RIP Saman Kunont, we must remember you when we are celebrating this success: it was not 100% perfect.

Izio Shaba : jason mallinson is bad ass. you can tell the guy is ice cold. nothing can break his mental strength. unbelievable.

ju : the British rescue diver... Jason Statham for d movie👍

Goonerville Gonad : They got out--who gives a shit who was responsible? They're all heroes to me. Some were more qualified than others, but all played a part.

Audrey Nguyen : there’s another documentary you guys should watch. a farmer risked her rice fields so they could drain the water

TheAgukala : The boys apparently could swim, but just not through a dark dangerous cave, 2.4kms that’s continually flooding with gushing rain water AND with limited to no energy after being trapped in there for over a week

Paper found : The coach was a monk that’s y no one panic

Mark Hansen : There’s a much deeper story here that deserves a book.

Steve Kent : What planet does the Aussie doctor come from? He is out of this world!

voici je : the two divers who found the kids must have been heartbroken to have to let them without little food or water..and language barriere...people are amazing

Jennifer Holden : This is what real socialism looks like, everyone looking out for each others best interests. Apart for Elon Musk of course.

EMMANUEL HERNANDEZ : This is one of those moments that I felt proud to be human and be part of the human race. These guys and the International community restored my faith in the human race. This is the moment when nobody cares whether one is a believer or nonbeliever. Upholding life is a universal drive.

Alastair Kennedy : What an awesome documentary so well put together. Ive been fascinated by this story since it first broke and this is the most accurate and complete report that I have seen. Shame you could not have got an interview with Volanthen and Stanton, the divers who made the initial breakthrough. Wonderful story of human compassion, bravery and endeavour and an inspiration for all of us.

David Carter : Awesome job.....nothing beats the heart of a volunteer willing to risk their lives for someone they have never met...

numbersix100 : The UK New Years honours list for 2019 have just been announced, amongst the honours the BCRC members received the following awards: George Medals (GM) – Rick Stanton and John Volanthen Queen’s Gallantry Medals (QGM) – Chris Jewell and Jason Mallinson Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – Josh Bratchley, Connor Roe, Vernon Unsworth I thought John and Rick deserved the George Cross and Chris and John deserved the George Medal, that just my opinion