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'Every boy was probably going to die': Inside the Thai cave rescue, Part II

This undated from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, shows rescuers hold an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. (Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page via AP)

After 15 days of searching and praying and planning, a team of rescuers working to save 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave had nothing left to do but try. And so, the rescue began.

To the world watching on TV, it was a hopeful endeavour, with the boys being brought out one by one to cheers from a huge crowd gathered back from the cave. To those involved in the actual rescue, however, every rescue was a victory against overwhelming odds. In today’s finale we go back to that cave and meet the heroes who did something that had literally never before been tried, and learn how their life changed afterwards.

GUEST: Shannon Gormley, writer, Maclean’s

Read Gormley’s feature here.

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