Bangkok, The cave complex in northern
Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more
than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum.
Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the
operation unfolded, adding that it would be a “major attraction” for
At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling
the story of the rescue.
The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital.
The Thai Navy Seals have also published dramatic footage of the
operation itself, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boar
football team through the perilous journey to the surface.
The Tham Luang cave is one of the largest cave systems in
Thailand. It lies under the mountains around the small town of Mae
Sai, in northern Chiang Rai province on the border with Myanmar.
The area is largely undeveloped with only limited tourism
“The area will become a living museum, to show how to operation
unfolded,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, the former governor and head of
the rescue mission, told a news conference.
“An interactive data base will be set up. It will become another major
attraction for Thailand.”
However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said
precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the
cave to safeguard tourists.
It’s not clear if the museum would be operational all year round,
as Thailand is prone to heavy floods during the monsoon season,
which lasts from June until October.
It was the sudden onset of that rainy season that trapped the
boys deep underground while they were exploring.
Plans to turn the rescue operation into a movie are also in the
works, with two production companies racing to turn the extraordinary
story into a film.
Even before all 13 people had been brought out, US studio
Pure Flix, which makes inspirational Christian films had announced its
producers were on the ground interviewing rescue workers for a
Studio co-founder, Michael Scott, lives in Thailand and said his
wife grew up with Saman Gunan, the former Thai Navy Seal member
who lost his life during the mission.
“To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out,
it’s just such a touching event and so personal to me,” he said in a
video on Twitter, filmed at the rescue site.
But according to Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures, they
have been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to
develop the film.
US media quoted the company as saying the film would be
directed by Jon M Chu. He last partnered with Ivanhoe in directing the
upcoming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.
Concerns are already being raised on social media that the
movie could be “white-washed”, focusing more on the international
characters while downplaying the role of Thais. But, Chu insisted on
Twitter that the film would not be given that treatment.
“No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell.
“There’s a beautiful story about human beings saving other human
beings. So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right and
respectfully,” he said.
The trapped group in Thailand have now all been rescued from
the cave, and are now recuperating in hospital.
Their plight and the massive, dangerous three-day-long
operation to free them gripped the world’s attention.
The 12 boys and their coach first made their way into the cave
on the 23 June, but found themselves trapped inside after heavy rains
poured down and caused the cave to flood.
They were found by British divers after nine days, and were
eventually rescued days after in an operation that involved dozens of
divers and hundreds of other rescue workers, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency