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Discovery, ITN Productions team on “Operation Thai Cave Rescue”

Discovery Channel and ITN Productions, the in-house production business of ITN, are teaming on a one-off documentary that will look at the rescue of the 12 young Thai soccer players ...
July 10, 2018

Discovery Channel and ITN Productions, the in-house production business of ITN, are teaming on a one-off documentary that will look at the rescue of the 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who were stuck in a cave complex near the Myanmar border.

Operation Thai Cave Rescue will unpack the rescue that had gripped the world’s attention for more than two weeks. With exclusive early access to the men and women, including family members living the event, the quick turnaround documentary will focus on the scientific and tech innovations used in the rescue.

Featuring interviews with medical and mental health experts, cave diving instructors and the world’s leading cave diving rescue experts, the doc examines what the boys and their rescuers were experiencing during their 18-day ordeal.

The film will examine every angle of the rescue operation, from why the boys were in the cave to the unique geology of the cave which presented so many challenges, and how the team survived for nearly two weeks without food.

Operation Thai Cave Rescue is produced for Discovery Channel by ITN Productions. Jon Bardin and Andrew O’Connell serve as executive producers for Discovery. Ian Russell serves as executive producer for ITN Productions.

Operation Thai Cave Rescue premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel before airing on July 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.

(Photo courtesy of Elon Musk via AP)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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