One of the divers who helped save 12 boys from a cave in Thailand recalled that those involved didn’t have time to focus on their emotions, only the “bad things of the rescue”. .
ichard Stanton said the situation was “chaotic” and he and his team had to “write an operational manual” for the mission due to its unprecedented nature.
Speaking to the PA news agency at the UK premiere of Thirteen Lives, following the events of the rescue, Mr Stanton also praised director Ron Howard for his work on the film.
The film stars Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen as diver John Volanthen and Mr Stanton respectively.
Recalling the events of 2018, he told PA: “When we arrived in Thailand, it was completely chaotic.
“Obviously we have previous experience and can make a difference.
“It was like something none of us had ever experienced, we actually wrote the operating instructions as we went along.
“We don’t have time to think about anything but the intricacies of the rescue, not necessarily the emotions.”
Regarding the decision to have Howard direct the film, he added: “As far as I know, Apollo 13 is a great movie, very appropriate, dramatic rescue in real life, just like Thailand, so it was the perfect choice of director from our point of view.”
Howard told PA that there were risks taken “at various levels” during the operation and that he tried to “dramatize that as much as I could”.
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“What I started to realize as we were making the film was that there were a lot of reasons to be scared in such a situation; physically, but also emotionally,” he said.
“What scar tissue can you emotionally remove after an event like this, especially if things don’t go well?
“Politics, career decisions, these things, these people took risks on so many different levels to make this happen and I tried to act out as much of that as possible in the series. this movie.”
In 2019, following the ordeal, Mr Stanton and Mr Volanthen were both awarded the George Medal for their roles in the rescue mission.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16 and members of the Wild Boars youth soccer team, cycled with their coach to the caves to explore as they became caves inside.
Thirteen Lives is scheduled to hit limited theaters later this month before being available on Prime Video in August.
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