“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave.” ~ Thai Navy Seals via Facebook
The rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from the cave complex in Thailand captivated the world. Collectively we invested in their (now complete) safe rescue, and felt the pain of the loss of Thai Navy Seal Saman Kunan.
As with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we as injury prevention researchers and practitioners are well placed to add value to our collective understanding about injury prevention and safety promotion through the larger conversation about this rescue mission. This is not about shaming the team or their coach (who has been recognised as a key player in keeping the players alive and calm by teaching them meditation), but rather, as Pless stated here in Injury Prevention in 1999, “horrible events…are doubly tragic if they fail to teach vitally important lessons about safety”.