Tham Luang Cave Rescue (AP121)

The Tham Luang cave rescue, also referred to as the Thailand or Thai cave rescue, involved the extraction of members of a junior football team trapped in a cave in the Chiang Rai Province of Thailand. Twelve members of the team, aged 11 to 17, and their 25-year-old assistant coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave on 23 June 2018 after finishing football practice. Shortly afterwards, heavy rains partially flooded the cave, forcing the group deeper into the cave. Recommended book: The Boys in the Cave - Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand by Matt Gutman"

Efforts to locate the group were hampered by rising water levels and strong currents, and no contact was made for more than a week. The rescue effort expanded into a massive operation amid intense worldwide public interest. On 2 July, after advancing through narrow passages and muddy waters, British divers John Volanthen and Richard Stanton found the group alive on an elevated rock about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the cave mouth. Rescue organisers discussed various options for extracting the group, including whether to teach them basic diving skills to enable their early rescue, wait until a new entrance was found or drilled, or wait for the floodwaters to subside at the end of the monsoon season months later. After days of pumping water from the cave system and a respite from rain, the rescue teams hastened to get everyone out before the next monsoon rain, which was expected to bring a potential 52 mm (2.0 in) of additional rainfall and was predicted to start around 11 July.

Saman Kunan, a 38-year-old former Thai Navy SEAL, died of asphyxiation on 6 July on his return to the cave entrance after delivering supplies of air to the interior. Between 8 and 10 July, all of the boys and their coach were rescued from the cave by an international team of rescuers.

The rescue efforts included a total of over 10,000 people - including more than 100 divers, many rescue workers, representatives from about 100 government agencies, 900 police officers, 2,000 soldiers - 10 police helicopters, seven police ambulances, more than 700 air canisters, and the removal of more than 1 billion liters of water (the equivalent of 400 Olympic-size swimming pools).

Youtube Video of Thailand Cave Rescue Adventure

Taquan Air Crash Rescue - Prince of Whales Island, Alaska (AP122)

On July 10, 2018, a Taquan Air seaplane crashed on Prince of Whales Island, Alaska. Miraculously, all ten passengers and the pilot escaped with minor injuries and were rescued by helicopter a short time later.