As renewed interest around the world is expected to surge during the coming months around the miraculous rescue of the 12 Wild Boar boys and their coach in July 2018 from the flooded Tham Luang cave located in northern Thailand, The Isan Project recently launched “Where the Eagles Fly”, a song and music video to pay tribute to the British hero of the dramatic saga, Vern Unsworth.
The launch, in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and supported by the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit and Serenity Wines, was attended by several key persons involved in the rescue mission two years ago, including former Tourism & Sports Minister, Weerasak Kowsurat, who played a major role in flying in special cave divers from the UK as requested by Mr. Unsworth, a recognized cave explorer, who knows virtually every inch of the Tham Luang cave. “It is absolutely true that without Vern’s persistence in obtaining the help from the UK cave diving experts to initially spearhead the rescue mission, the boys and their coach would not be alive today. Needless to say, assistance from experienced and skilled cave divers from around the world, who later volunteered to join as well as our own Navy Seals, all contributed to the mission’s ultimate success”, Mr. Weerask said.
Vern Unsworth, his partner, Ms. Woranan Ratrawiphakkun, and his caving buddy, Mr. Kamon Kunngamkwamdee, all starred in the “Where the Eagles Fly” fantasy music video, which was set in deep jungle and caves in the mountain of Doi Nang Non in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Vern said, “I’m truly honored to have this song written about me. It was very moving to relive parts of the rescue while making the music video, especially when I think back on how Kamon and I covered over 16 km. on the first day after we knew the boys were missing. We virtually lived in the cave for the first 4 days prior to the arrival of my cave diving colleagues from the UK”.
Writer and executive producer of The Isan Project, Will Robinson, commented, “Although I had penned and produced “Heroes of Thailand” honoring all those involved in the Tham Luang cave rescue, I felt it was time to pay a special tribute directly to the mastermind of the extremely complex mission. Vern is such a humble man, I wanted to create a song not only to honor him, but also to establish Tham Luang and what is now known as the ‘Wild Boar Aven’, where the boys were found, as a new tourist attraction for those who love to explore caves. There are many beautiful places in Thailand that tourists are really not aware of as they are not featured in the popular sight-seeing brochures or by tour agencies. That’s why, during my 8 years of exploring the country, I have produced many songs and music videos such as “Thailand Amazing Thailand”, “Yellow Mountain”, and “Island Dream”, to name but a few”.
“TAT appreciates Will’s love of Thailand, and we are delighted to be supporting this launch. We also believe that this song combined with the newly-published children’s book, “All Thirteen” and the soon-to-be released Hollywood movie, “Thirteen Lives”, will help to dramatically boost tourism in and around Chiang Rai even though we will need to rely mainly on domestic tourists until the end of the year while international travel is still restricted”, said Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT’s Deputy Governor of Marketing Communications. “In fact, we have invited The Isan Project to collaborate with our famous home-grown, Ko, Mr. Saxman, to help bring an international music flavor to our new marketing campaign, “Magical Moments”, which is scheduled to be launched in 2021”, Mr. Tanes added.
“Where the Eagles Fly”, co-written by Will Robinson and Daniel Ryan, and performed by Daniel himself, is tipped to top the charts when the MGM blockbuster movie, “Thirteen Lives” and the Netflix mini-series about the epic story of the Tham Luang cave rescue are released. The song is now available from all digital music stores including iTunes, Spotify, Apple and Amazon.
Photo shows from left:
Mr. Sobchai (Ford) Kraiyoonsen, Singer/composer
Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT’s Deputy Governor of Marketing Communications
Senator Weerasak Kowsurat, former Minister of Tourism & Sports
Mr. Vern Unsworth, British cave explorer
Mr. Will Robinson, Writer and Executive Producer of The Isan Project
Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT’s Executive Director of Advertising & PR Department
Ms. Woranan Ratrawiphakkun, Vern’s partner
Mr. Sammy Carolus, GM of the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit