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9780711266094

Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives The Thai Cave Rescue

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  • ISBN13:

    9780711266094

  • ISBN10:

    0711266093

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-07-13
  • Publisher: Aurum Press
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Read the diver’s enthralling account of the Thai cave rescue.
 
'Riveting...a powerful story written by a hero who lived it.' RON HOWARD, Oscar-winning director of Apollo 13 
'A profound and thrilling read.' COLIN FARRELL

 
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.
 

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

Introduction
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
Acknowledgements
Glossary
John Volanthen
Index
 

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