The potentially tragic story of the young boys and soccer coach stuck in a Thailand cave came to a miraculous end this morning. On the third day of a difficult and dangerous operation, military divers managed to get the last four boys and their coach out of the long series of caves into which they wandered more than two weeks ago. “All thirteen Wild Board are now out of the cave,” the Thai SEALs posted on social media as their nation and the world celebrated:
“The boys in the hospital, they’re expected to be there for at least seven days. They’re being quarantined, and two may have lung infections,” @AnnaWerner reports from Thailand.https://t.co/2tD5NWiLst #ThaiCaveRescue pic.twitter.com/qLoRemvth5
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 10, 2018
As Fox News notes, the only people remaining in the cave system are the rescue divers, who should be coming out shortly as well:
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 10, 2018
Thailand’s navy SEALs say all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in far northern Thailand, ending an ordeal that lasted more than two weeks.
They say the four boys and coach rescued Tuesday, after other rescues in the previous two days, are all safe.
The SEALs say they’re still waiting for a medic and three Navy SEALs who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.
It’s been an amazing story to follow, with the ending perhaps more amazing than anyone anticipated. The complete success of this operation is still tempered with the death of one Thai SEAL who died while attempting to set up the rescue, but it seemed beyond belief that it would succeed at all. The BBC’s Dan Johnson reviews the seemingly insurmountable challenges that rescuers faced:
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 10, 2018
This will go down as one of the “great escapes,” as Johnson puts it, or better yet the great rescues. For the boys and the coach, there was no escape without the global effort to extract them from the trap. It’s a reminder that we can move mountains and seas when we come together for a common purpose.
We don’t often see these kinds of miracles. We should take a moment to celebrate them when they occur.