Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Unsung Hero

Throughout the intense media scrutiny given to the Thai cave rescue, one person's truly extraordinary effort went largely, in my view, under-reported and unrecognised.

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I refer to the team coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who kept those boys spirits up for nine long days until they were found.  I understand he did so largely by the use of Buddhist meditation.  The key ingredient was the prevention of panic.  Whatever techniques he used, the results were remarkable and are  credit to him.  I hope he is well rewarded for such true leadership.

On the other hand, I've heard it said that at the outset the coach led the boys past a barricade forbidding entrance to the cave.  However, I'm unable to find confirmation of that.

1 comment:

paul scott said...

Not so much a barricade as a massive great notice.
However, I think we will find he is spoken of very well, not just from a propaganda reason but in reality. Part of schooling in Thailand has always been the slightly boy scout thing, growing up strong, loyal to the Nation, [ King and Country and Buddha principles] honourable, and with good spirit.
haha Thailand is now sending out great video of the boys in the cleanest best looking hospital room you can imagine. I think it is in the home area, Mae Sai.