John Volanthen, World Record-Holding Cave Diver Who Played a Leading Role in the 2018 Tham Luang Thailand Cave Rescue
John Volanthen is a world record-holding British cave diver who has been involved in cave exploration and rescue for more than two decades. He began caving at the age of 14 and has been at the forefront of cave exploration since. In 2018, he played a key role in the Tham Luang Thailand cave rescue and was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes of the Year.” The courageous mission was chronicled in the National Geographic documentary The Rescue, as well as the book Thirteen Lessons That Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue and the critically acclaimed Hollywood film, Thirteen Lives, in which Volanthen is played by Colin Farrell.
The first diver to locate and contact the missing youth Thai soccer team, the events of which are chronicled in the National Geographic documentary The Rescue and the Hollywood film, Thirteen Lives, starring Colin Farrell
Described as the “A Team” of diving rescues by the British Cave Rescue Council, he also planned and executed the team’s rescue
Tells the incredible story of the Thai rescue and shares why great feats are rarely due to “luck” but rather determination and preparation
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