Premiering Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30pm AEST, Season 2 of National Geographic’s worldwide hit series Drain the Oceans will feature the most accurate representation yet of the Tham Luang cave system in Thailand, the infamous location of where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped underground for 3 weeks before being rescued.
By digitally draining the water from the flooded cave system and using advanced mapping and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, this special episode presentation will reveal just how the 13-strong group were trapped and just why it took so long for the Thai Navy Seals to retrieve them.
Working exclusively with officials from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Drain the Oceans: Thai Cave Rescue sends its specialty team into Tham Luang to conduct the first digital 3D survey of the insular surroundings, resulting in an examination that is both immersive and overwhelmingly emotional as it drives home the grit and will these boys possessed in surviving their ordeal.
Not only highlighting the physical aspects of the cave, the episode reveals the risks undertaken by the rescue divers in having to sedate each boy for extradition purposes, and not just once but multiple times as they methodically mapped out their exit strategy.
A rescue mission that seemed impossible but was ultimately unbelievable, Drain the Oceans: Thai Cave Rescue is gripping viewing, detailing a story of survival that defied nature and the odds. The episode will premiere for live viewing or streaming on September 24th, 7:30pm AEST, as well a global launch on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages.