How Hero Coach Kept Boys Alive In Cave For 17 Days

On June 23, coach Ekkapol Chantawong led his football team of 12 deep into a cave. The boys became trapped in the Thai cave after rain flood waters blocked the exit routes. The coach and the boys, ranging in ages from 11 to 16, were in the cave for nine days before they were found.


It took another harrowing nine days to complete the rescue mission. Through 2 1/2 miles of tunnels, 0.6 miles of which was underwater, the team was taken back to the surface. It was one of the biggest, longest, most intense rescue missions ever. Eventually, all 12 boys and their coach were rescued alive.

Coach Ekkapol emerged the most malnourished of the group. He gave much of his scarce portion of the food to the boys. While many hail the coach as a hero, others state that he is the only one to blame for the terrible incident.

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This was not the first time coach Ekkapol had narrowly escaped death. When he was just 10 years old, his tragic story began. A terrible disease swept through his village in northern Thailand, killing his entire family and sparing only him. As an orphan, he was taken in by relatives until he reached the age of 12. It was then that he was sent to a monastery. Relatives claim that at that time, he was