It could be called a miracle or science turned into a miracle, however it is described, the rescue of 12 boys and their coach trapped in the cave covered by heavy monsoon for weeks in Thailand is an inestimable delight and landmark in the world.
The rescue operations conducted by divers of Thai Navy SEALs supported by divers from other parts of the world is a milestone on world history and rescue efforts.
Indeed, the Thai Navy SEAL, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys had been brought out of the cave by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday.
“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs said, referring to the name of the boys’ soccer team.
“Everyone is safe,” they said.
They said they were waiting for a medic and three SEALs who had stayed with the boys in their dark refuge deep inside the cave complex to come out.
Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Helicopters taking the boys to a hospital roared overhead.
However celebrations were tainted by the death of a Thai navy SEAL who died on Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters laid at regular intervals along the route out of the sprawling Tham Luang cave.
The plight of the boys and their coach has riveted Thailand and much of the world – from the heart-sinking news that they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers.
They were trapped in the cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.
The eight boys brought out by divers on Sunday and Monday were doing well and were in good spirits, a senior health official said Tuesday.
The United States President, Donald Trump, described the rescue as a “beautiful moment”, while the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, applauded the rescue team
The spokesman for Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert said: “What a wonderful message #Thailand! So much to admire: the perseverance of the brave guys and their coach, the ability and the determination of the saviors.”
Prime Minister Theresa May was also “delighted” by the successful rescue.