How the U.S. Military Helped Support the Thai Cave Rescue

The last four Thai Navy SEALs giving a thumbs up after exiting safely from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday

The last four Thai Navy SEALs giving a thumbs up after exiting safely from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday

The former governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osatanakorn, the local official in charge of the rescue operation, told ABC News some of the boys were too weak to really walk.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists.

The mission involved 13 foreign divers - around half of whom were British.

The boys were held close to divers and remained motionless for parts of the journey where they had to dive.

Plans to turn the rescue operation into a movie are also in the works, with two production companies racing to turn the extraordinary story into a film.

The 38-year-old filmmaker and Ivanhoe Pictures are working with Thai Navy SEALs and Thailand's government to develop the film and tell the dramatic rescue of the youth soccer team.

Ivanhoe Pictures president John Penotti on Wednesday issued a statement saying that Thailand's Navy and government had selected the company for the film adaptation of the almost three-week ordeal.

"I'm so happy and so thankful to see my son again".

The other company looking to develop a movie on the event is US -based Pure Flix, which specializes in Christian and family films.


Variety reported that Chu and Ivanhoe Pictures, which co-produced next month's release "Crazy Rich Asians", are in talks with studios and senior national and provincial officials in Thailand.

When one person commented a "white wash" - a term used to describe how Caucasian actors are frequently cast in the role of originally ethnic characters - had begun, director Jon M. Chu replied, "Those days of letting it happen are over". Chu said on Twitter.

"No way. Not on our watch. So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right and respectfully", added Chu.

"We had to set up rope systems and high-lines to be able to safely put them in a harness and bring them across large open areas so they wouldn't have to go all the way down", Anderson said.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie "The 33" starring Antonio Banderas.

Chu, a Chinese-American born in California, added: "There's a attractive story abt human beings saving other human beings". In the video, Volanthen is heard talking to the group, telling them at the time that they had been in the cave for 10 days and that many rescuers were coming to save them.

The boys became trapped in the cave after heavy rains flooded the complex.

Ekkapol Chantawong, Phonchai Khamluang, and Adul Sam-on, three survivors from the Tham Luang cave, are among 500,000 stateless persons in Thailand who have to endure limitations in many aspects of their life as they are denied some rights and opportunities.

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