Cape Town – Discovery’s TV documentary about the rescue of the 12 Thailand boys and their 25-year old soccer coach that gripped audiences worldwide in early-July will now be shown on Discovery (DStv 121) on Wednesday 18 July at 19:00.
On Monday DNI confirmed that the hour long special, produced by ITN Productions in the United Kingdom, will be shown locally as well.
So far Operation Thai Cave Rescue will be on Discovery Channel on Wednesday evening in South Africa, with no confirmation yet on whether it would also be on Discovery Science (320).
The documentary looks at how the boys entered the cave near the Myanmar border and became trapped, how they managed to survive without food or knowing how to swim, as well as the scientific and technical innovations that were used in their rescue. The last boys and their coach were rescued on 10 July after 18 days in the treacherous Thai cave system.
It will include interviews with those involved in the rescue effort, including medical experts and cave diving instructors, explore the living conditions faced by the children who are between the ages of 11 and 16, and how the cave's unique geology – and being flooded – presented so many challenges.
The special looks at the extraordinary scientific and technological innovations used to complete the daring rescue while monsoon rains loomed and rescuers in the cave and above ground plotted their next move, while renowned cave diving instructors and the world's leading cave diving rescue experts paint a full picture of what the boys and their rescuers were experiencing and how the heroic divers pulled off an almost impossible feat.