Improbably enough, most of the escapes went flawlessly.
But on trip No 11, to save one of the last soccer teammates stuck for 18 days deep inside the cave, something went dangerously wrong.
Rescuers inside an underground chamber felt a tug on the rope — the sign that one of the 12 boys or their coach would soon emerge from the flooded tunnels. “Fish on,” the rescuers signalled, recalled Charles Hodges of the United States Air Force, mission commander for the American team on site.
Fifteen minutes went.....