How The Lead Diver Behind The Thai Cave Rescue Made ‘Thirteen Lives’ Realistic

How The Lead Diver Behind The Thai Cave Rescue Made ‘Thirteen Lives’ Realistic


In summer 2018, when a youth soccer team was trapped for 18 days deep within a treacherous cave system, the world became transfixed as events unfolded in real time through news reports. 

In a phone interview from Los Angeles, British cave diver Rick Stanton related critical moments from four years ago — after hours underwater within the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. 

“As we swam where no one had searched before, we were expecting to find 13 drowned bodies,” Stanton told me. “We couldn’t see, and we might literally bump into lifeless children.”

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If he sounds blunt, the 60-something former firefighter isn’t much for pleasantries. In director Ron Howard’s latest true-life drama “Thirteen Lives,” which premieres Friday worldwide on Prime Video, lead diver Stanton

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