Cave rescue

Activities looking at the story of the schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Thailand cave rescue
11 - 16
Lesson plan
PSHE, Tutor time
Disasters and emergencies, Newsthink

In the summer of 2018, a boys’ football team and their coach were stranded in a flooded cave in Thailand. They were trapped underground for 17 days, not knowing when or how they would be rescued. This photo discussion activity explores the idea of coping skills in times of crisis and how their loved ones may have coped while they were waiting for news.


Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • consider the emotions of people during times of crisis
  • discuss how people may feel when their loved ones are in danger
  • compare coping skills for the different people involved in challenging situations
  • think about words of comfort to reassure others.


Resource overview

1. Coping skills: Photo activity

Learners consider the feelings involved during the emergency – for the schoolboys and for their loved ones waiting for news – and discuss coping skills during difficult times.

2. “I’m fine but it’s a little bit cold”: Extension activity

Looking at messages the boys sent to their families, learners consider the importance of communication and words of comfort.


This resource was written by Rob Bowden and Rosie Wilson of Lifeworlds Learning and published in September 2018.

Image © Lillian Suwanrumpha/Getty Images.