All 12 boys and their coach rescued from Thai cave
Sometimes a story grips the whole wide world. Often it's tied to tragedy.
But it's even better when there is a happy ending.
Such is the case of the young Thai soccer-team members, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach who were trapped in a flooded Tham Leung cave complex during a grueling ordeal that began last month. Their perilous situation made the headlines just about everywhere. People followed the stories and updates. They talked about the boys and their coach while standing around the water cooler and at home during dinner.
And now, on Tuesday, the best part of the story. Thanks to the work of the Thai Navy Seals and volunteers from several other countries, the boys and their coach are free.
The recuse mission took about 10 days and one former Thai Seal sacrificed his life in the effort. It was a difficult job. Unbelievable, really. The team was more than a mile inside the twisting cave complex. Each boy had to be carried out individually.
But they did it. The rescuers brought the Wild Boars soccer team home. They never thought about giving up.
U.S. President Donald Trump summed up many of our feelings when he tweeted, "On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand. Such a beautiful moment—all freed, great job!"
Indeed. Great job.