Fantastic News – All 12 Boys and Soccer Coach Rescued From Flooding Caves In Thailand…

Terrific news. All twelve boys and their coach have been rescued in Thailand after more than two weeks trapped in flooded caves. An international coalition of divers led by Thailand SEAL’s and rescuers from over 50 countries were able to rescue the remaining boys earlier today.

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people around the world.

Thailand’s Navy SEALs, 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 by early Tuesday evening. Several hours later, a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their tiny refuge in the cave also came out.

Eight of the boys were rescued 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.”

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 transporting the boys roared overhead. People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city. (read more)

The plight of the boys and their coach has captivated not only Thailand, but 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 Tham Luang cave on June 23, when they were exploring it after a soccer practice and it became flooded by monsoon rains.

Each of the boys, ages 11 to 16 and with no diving experience, was guided out by a pair of divers in three days of intricate and high-stakes operations. The route, in some places just a crawl space, had oxygen canisters positioned at regular intervals to refresh each team’s air supply.

Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the canisters.

Cave-diving experts had warned it was potentially too risky to dive the youngsters out.

But Thai officials, acutely aware that the boys could be trapped for months by monsoon rains that would swell waters in the cave system, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather. A massive water pumping effort also made the winding cave more navigable. The confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission.

“We did something nobody thought possible,” Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, leader of the rescue effort, said at a celebratory news conference.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, speaking Tuesday before the final rescue was completed, said the boys were given an anti-anxiety medication to help with their perilous removal from the cave.  (More)

We also send prayers to the family of the lone Thai SEAL, Sgt. Saman Gunan, who was killed during the preliminary stages of the highly dangerous rescue mission. His name shall live on in the annals of heroism.

 

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130 Responses to Fantastic News – All 12 Boys and Soccer Coach Rescued From Flooding Caves In Thailand…

  1. DanO64 says:

    AWESOME!

    Liked by 14 people

    • nanny210 says:

      @DanO64: Yes it is a Heavenly kind of AWESOME!
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      I wish to add something way up here that is sorta off topic yet way on topic. As I was reading down through the post, I became quite confused as to who was answering who, and on what they were answering, and so on! Sometimes our ‘reply’s’ get set a ways from the post we are replying to. I was wondering if it would be too much to ask that you kindly add “@so/so” before your reply post? I suffered a life threatening illness back in early spring that kinda turned my brain into swiss cheese and I need all the help I can get! LOL
      Thank you, Treepers, you are truly a wonderful, kind people! And Thank God these young boys will live to tell their story for many years to come, and remember all, including our Maker, who saved them!

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  2. Apollo says:

    A tear in my eyes. A beautiful result.

    Remember Sgt. Saman Gunan. His death was NOT in vain.

    Liked by 30 people

  3. Pat Frederick says:

    Thank the Lord!

    Liked by 20 people

    • imkittymyers says:

      I’ve been riveted by this story and prayed daily for their safe rescue.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Sunshine says:

      The true miracle in this story is they were found. The Lord intervened and the entire planet was united in a common desire.

      Humans, when they work in harmony toward a common goal, can accomplish miracles with the help of The Lord.

      Sgt. Gunan, who lost his life, had fulfilled his ultimate purpose and is now with the Angels.

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  4. Minnie says:

    Thank God, Almighty!

    All glory and praise to our Father in Heaven.

    Liked by 16 people

  5. amwick says:

    I know its just a cartoon, but I love this pic…

    Miracle? Absolutely!

    Liked by 15 people

  6. Pam says:

    There is no question that this is a miracle from God and our Navy seals, they are awesome!

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    • tunis says:

      Thai Navy Seal not US.

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    • Sunshine says:

      The Australians played a vital role. Fifty countries were involved. The doctor-diver is an Australian.

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    • MfM says:

      Actually I read that it was the volunteer Brits who did most of the ferrying and guiding of the boys. They had the years of cave diving experience that the Seals (both American and Thai) didn’t have.

      The Thai Seals were likely the ones who stayed in the cave and taught the boys to swim and use the masks. That made them the last out.

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    • Mongoose says:

      Largely unmentioned is the surprising delay in the predicted monsoon that could have been dropping many inches of rains to flood the caves before rescues were completed. The fact that they held off is a blessing to me that needs recognition as a mercy from the Good Lord.

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  7. maggiemoowho says:

    Fantastic news😃👍👍👍

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  8. American says:

    Now I hope they prosecute the so-called “teacher” for creating the problem in the first place.

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    • booger71 says:

      The teacher caused nothing. Sometimes mother nature is very unpredictable. From the reports I have read, this teacher gave his food to his students, and even though he was most likely the weakest one after they were found, and should have most likely come out in the first group, he came out last like a responsible adult.

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      • American says:

        Try to convince the family of the diver who died trying to rescue the trapped boys that his death is part of this fallacious “nothing” narrative you’ve created in your mind. Obviously, you’re making a false assertion. His death is “something” as is the act that led to it, namely leading a group of boys deep underground through a flooding cave network to their possible doom. They were fortunate the world put their best minds together to figure out how to save them, though some already contracted speleonosis. I think you should take a logic 101 class to help you learn how “something” is not actually “nothing.”

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        • jbt says:

          Seems like no one could punish the coach more than he will punish himself. Lesson already learned by many. God is the judge, and he forgives.

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        • Lactantius says:

          Whew! The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg selected 24 defendants to stand trial for the war crimes of Germany. Three of those carefully selected defendants were acquitted. They were essentially “saved” by the rule of law.

          Damning people is chump work. Giving a person a fair hearing and applying the rule of law is the “civilized” way of doing things. Even in the face of extensive concentration camps and extermination.

          How about letting the Thai’s deal with their citizens, their laws and their culture?

          Just what part of “Logic 101” provides an iron clad ruling concerning the outcome of this dramatic event in the caves of Thailand? Are you aware that in the early pumping operation, they were actually increasing the infusion of water? Should those people be punished for whatever unforeseen consequence they caused?

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        • MfM says:

          You are making assumptions without knowing the facts. You are making a judgment without knowing the facts.

          From everything I’ve read they went in before the Monsoon season hit in their area. It was a flash flood that caught them. The coach had a choice stay were they were and die or move to higher ground that was deeper in the cave.

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        • booger71 says:

          You better just stay indoors then and watch TV. I would say that the family of this hero diver are proud of his sacrifice. I have been involved in 2 cave rescues. I volunteered because that’s what volunteers do. I will say it again…the teacher caused nothing. This is no different than a scoutmaster taking a group of boys or girls on an outing, and something unexpected happens. It has happened before and it will happen again. I applaud adults who take boys and girls out away from TV and video games.

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          • American says:

            Booger feaster, you mean I should stay indoors and watch TV instead of declaring some 25 year old a hero who foolishly led a group of boys deep underground almost to their doom and cost the life of one rescuer. I don’t think so. He’s not a hero, he’s close to being a Darwin award winner.

            Obviously, there is a million and one saner alternatives in the outdoors that doesn’t result in such tragedy nor have anything to do with staying indoors watching television. You’re talking like a illogical retard and I suspect the reason is because you’re an ignoramus.

            Personally speaking, I would have no problem putting my size 13 steel toed OUTDOOR work boot so far up your anus that it took the wonders of modern medicine to repair the damage if you almost got my boy killed like that. Then you could sit indoors while your anus slowly healed before the stitches were removed watching TV.

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            • jakeandcrew says:

              Logic 101 – Ad hominem (Latin for “to the man” or “to the person”), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a fallacious argumentative strategy whereby genuine discussion of the topic at hand is avoided by instead attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument…

              You are resorting to a logical fallacy, and a vulgar one at that. Please stick to the topic at hand, and stop the insults.

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          I think you should spew your invective on BB or Drudge.

          Or are you so omniscient that you can predict or control the weather. You’re certainly coming off as “concerned” and “triggered”.

          And, while you’re advising others on what to do and how to think, learn a bit about this group’s culture, environment, and traditions, not to mention what that coach and his family will go through. Unless you’re a relative of the lost diver (in which case you’d understand what I just wrote), take your concern back under the bridge (with your bookends)…

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        • Sunshine says:

          Have you ever been outside and it’s sunny? Suddenly, there’s a huge black cloud whirling rapidly overhead and you have nowhere to go to shelter from the torrential rain pouring down on you. We see this happen occasionally in the summer where people are drenched on sidewalks. That’s pretty much what happened.

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        • G. Combs says:

          American,
          I have lost three friends from caving accidents, my Fiance to a mountain climbing accident and my best buddy to a hiking accident.

          There are no guarantees in life and we should not cast blame on a person for the perversity of nature.

          To put it bluntly after eight years of Obummer I have had my fill of undeserved blame casting so please just be thankful only one person died it. Could have been much much worse.

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        • Mongoose says:

          It is easy to judge others by our standards (American) when in other countries, education and logic can be very different. Even by religious standards or beliefs in nature, things can vary a lot. We, and that includes you, Mr. American (and I am one also), do not know the story of what unfolded and how the team wound up where they did.

          All we really know is that like coaches everywhere, he wanted to “treat” his kids to a special outing. Little did everyone realize just how special it would turn out.

          As for the Thai diver who died, how that happened is another story that is still to be told. As a diver myself, but not very experienced, I find it difficult to understand how an expert could run out of air in those conditions. Mistakes were made. Call it operator error on tank filling or on tank management. Even so, maybe some kind of vertigo set it or other claustrophobic condition that led to a big problem. The big problem is as I learned was the guy did not have a “dive buddy.” He was alone.

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        • I used to “cave” ….. and so did one of my daughters. It can be a GREAT experience. HOWEVER …. one should have a GUIDE with them who KNOWS the caves. And yes unpredictable rain can create a mess. A good guide would know an “out”.

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      • Lou Foxwell says:

        The coach was not overcome with guilt but kept the boys together and helped them remain calm and hopeful. He led them into the cave, a mistake that will haunt him all his life. He also kept them alive for 10 days when there was no hope of escape. His training as a Buddhist monk allowed him to remain calm and teach the children to remain calm.

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    • jakeandcrew says:

      No. We do not know the circumstances there, and the reasons for what happened. But we do know that young man kept those 12 boys alive through their ordeal, and, contrary to some reports, he came out last. He did not, probably would not, leave until his boys were safe.

      I read that he suffered the most physically because he gave the boys his food rations. He taught them to drink water from the sides of the caves, not from the nasty stuff they had to swim in. He taught them to meditate to stay relaxed and calm.

      They were in that cave for ten days before they even had any hope they would be found! He was the sole adult, and a young one at that, with 12 boys under his care. He had the burden of their very lives on his shoulders.

      He has shown so much character and heroism since they were stranded in that cave, that I do not believe for a minute that this was anything but a horrible accident that he would have avoided at all costs if he had the chance to turn back the clock.

      There are so many horrible crimes committed against children that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law…this isn’t one of them.

      Their coach is a hero, among many.

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      • tunis says:

        Well said. easy to arm chair quarterback. Many including this team have been going into the several times. The early rains and flooding caught them by surprise. This young man of 25 years showed incredible courage and character in keeping all the kids alive and giving them hope.

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    • Esperanza says:

      What they did, apparently was what all teams traditionally did every year, but the first monsoon rains were early. They had to go further into the cave to find dry ground. In fact his fast thinking probably saved their lives.

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    • Kaco says:

      I suppose accidents or unpredictable events don’t happen in your eyes. And it’s because the mindset you espouse that we have dumbed down everything, safe to the point of boring, with warning stickers all over.

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      • Turranos says:

        The Thai culture is not made up of a bunch of pansies, like some countries. I have no doubts that the coach, even though he was a young man, gave 100% and then some to save those boys. The boys’ parents even sent in letters telling him that they were not upset with him! They knew he would be feeling really bad about the circumstances.

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      • Mongoose says:

        Sure. Now that someone died in the cave, liberals will want to block off the entrance and ban cave exploration because it is “dangerous.” And, just think of all the money that was spent on the rescue when it could have bought all that mary jane and political favors!

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    • amwick says:

      One story I heard was that this assistant coach was told to take the boys on an outing, to build team morale. I don’t know who picked the cave, for all I know he was just following instructions. The facts will come out. I think he is a hero.

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    • Sunshine says:

      I read reports there was a sudden downpour of rain and the coach directed them to the cave and then the flooding began. Others reports say they were visiting the cave. There are so many conflicting stories that nobody knows what truly happened except for the downpour of rain. It’s unimportant.

      The coach gave almost all his food and water to the boys. This is honorable. And I’m certain the boys love their coach and the parents of the boys are grateful to the coach.

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  9. MIKE says:

    LOTS of prayers from the great folks here at CTH mercifully answered. You treepers do great work. Very sorry for the loss of that one brave Thai Seal, who most likely set the game plan for this successful rescue mission. Pure Hero. He and the surviving seals would make great Americans. Bring these kinda people on!
    I hope to see reunion videos of the kids and their parents soon. Though I’m sure my allergies will kick in!

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  10. pgroup says:

    They are now a real team, with a bond that will never be severed. It remains to be seen just how far up the ladder of life they climb but I’m betting it will be quite high.

    Liked by 9 people

  11. wtd says:

    Thank heavens. Welcome home, boys. May life return to normal for all involved as soon as humanly possible.

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  12. Alligator Gar says:

    Praise God!

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  13. waicool says:

    Thank God all are now rescued and safe and R.I.P. to hero Sgt Gunan with prayers and condolences to his family. One question I never quite found an answer to, what was an entire kids soccer team going so deep in a risky cave in the first place?

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    • booger71 says:

      These kids have a sense of adventure. Lacking in many of today’s youth.

      Liked by 4 people

      • American says:

        You’re advocating gross irresponsibility. He should not have put the lives of the boys at risk in such a manner. There are a great many responsible ways for boys to “have a sense of adventure.” This was not one of them you retarded booger eater.

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        • Snow White says:

          And you’re resorting to name calling? That’s so low of you, typical of lefties. Huffpost is to the left, you’ll be right at home there.

          Liked by 9 people

        • Eastender says:

          You had better learn the full story before making any more comments. Sounds like you might be working under the same guidelines (or lack there of) as the MSM.

          Liked by 4 people

        • booger71 says:

          So it’s gross responsibility to take boys or girls out away from the cities into the wilderness? Wow..sound like you would have never made it past the beach at Plymouth Rock.

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        • gzuf says:

          The coach is 25 years old and made a horrible mistake. He said something like “I have disgraced my ancestors, my name, and my soul. There is nothing I regret more” in an article I read. Can you imagine what he felt? Take a second, and imagine the pain he felt surrounded by these kids in the darkness. He’s 25 years old, almost a kid himself. He made a mistake. The lack of empathy some folks have is disgusting.

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        • lisabrqwc says:

          You’ve lost all credibility with the name calling. You don’t belong here.

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          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            I think the bridges emptied out before the pubs did today. Moreover, they brought bookends (look at the “likes”). I always thought trolls liked to swim…

            Then again, the “concerned” are only concerned about themselves.

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        • amwick says:

          Have you read the posting guidelines?… that was uncalled for. Disagreement is fine, but personal attacks are not.

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        • Jumping to conclusions with partial information supplied by the media is indicative of a narrow minded fool, and what is scary is that cretins like you get to vote. No wonder that the culture has sunk to vulgarity and depravity.

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        • Lack is not all says:

          You already said that several times, American We got it. Thank you for your learned opinion.

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        • jackokie says:

          You poor thing. Please get some help. Nobody cares to read your pathetic excrescences. What happened to make you such a boor?

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        • Mongoose says:

          “Block that cave entrance!” “Block that cave entrance.” DANGER Will Robinson, DANGER!

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    • MfM says:

      From what I’ve read it was one of the boy’s birthday and they were doing it to have a party there for him. That’s also why they ended up having extra food with them… which was lucky.

      They weren’t planning to go very far into the cave, but the rain and flooding happened and they just climbed higher to get away from it. Then again that might not be entirely accurate, but seems to make sense.

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  14. zorg2 says:

    To the coach of the youth soccer team in Thailand, who is stuck underground due to a “ritual” of taking such teams into caves:

    There will now be a new ritual of “FIRING” any coach who does something so amazingly stupid.
    .

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Short on quarters for the video arcade?

      Maybe your momma or Gyorgi will give you some. I doubt you’ve ever hiked or caved (except in the sense of caving in).

      Put a sock in it, all three of you, and grow up. Or are you just one bot…

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  15. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Lots of people praying for the boys to be rescued. God heard our prayers. Thank you Jesus!

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  16. Gov Jay says:

    The coach will probably get caned over this…

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    • andyocoregon says:

      Naaa, he kept the kids calm and gave them hope. So far, all I’ve heard from Thailand is he is a hero.
      More than 30 years ago, there was a mountain climbing accident on Mt. Hood in Oregon due to the failure of the leaders to check the incoming weather forecast. Nine of the 13 climbers died from hypothermia. There were lawsuits against the school, but nobody criticized the group’s leaders.

      https://katu.com/news/local/looking-back-mt-hood-oregon-episcopal-school-tragedy

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        We had something like that last year here in Germany. Climbers relied on a weather app that was wrong. Jörg Kachelmann (a profi weatherman) said that the apps are notoriously inaccurate, even moreso than regular weather forecasters. Having said that, one cannot be prepared for everything, nor can one predict everything.

        I think ALL of the people involved have learned and grown from this (the team and the coach likely beyond their years), and those of us watching and praying have grown a bit too.

        Sad that the under-the-bridge quarterbacks are clouding the waters, so-to-speak…

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      • Annie says:

        My dear friend was the trauma doc that saved the rest. Rip. Dr.B

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    • Mongoose says:

      Maybe he can become a Thai Navy SEAL after this?

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  17. talker2u says:

    Wait and see!

    These boys all will grow to become great leaders, humble, and grateful for life.

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  18. Curry Worsham says:

    Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal!!!!!!!

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  19. Gil says:

    I hope the government makes the cave inaccessible so that others dont attempt to make it a tourist spot or some rite of passage to escape on your own.

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  20. Zippy says:

    Great. Now forbid their idiot 25-year-old coach who led them into this mess from ever supervising children again.

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    • blondegator says:

      I can’t really blame him, because sometimes, boys will just be boys…..and having supervised a group of the grandson’s cubbie pals…..they do run wild sometimes and it’s hard to regain control! Mother Nature can (and does) turn with a vengeance at a moment’s notice. Best laid plans, and all that…

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    • booger71 says:

      I guess you say that to scoutmasters whose group has accidents, and they happen every year.

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  21. redline says:

    Time for an adult to step in and help the team pick an “initiation” that doesn’t put their navy’s SEALs in mortal danger.

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  22. Lucille says:

    Praise to God! Mistakes in judgment…we humans make them all the time. Most have few consequences. Others are miscalculations which will haunt a person the rest of his life. The coach will likely have on his conscience forever the knowledge that a man died to help him rectify his mistake.

    Still, the coach kept the boys together, found higher ground, kept everyone calm and evidently in good spirits. The moment they saw their rescuers coming out of the water must have been glorious for them all, momentarily forgetting the challenges ahead. I’d wager there wasn’t a one of them who thought they wouldn’t get out alive.

    Will this incident stop people from taking unnecessary chances? Of course not. Men and women will still try for the Mount Everest summit and leave dying comrades by the wayside. Humans will continue being adventurous, foolhardy, and, yes, make stupid judgments, along with sensible and caring ones.

    Prayers for the human race…we can muck up so much…yet we can love, be forgiven, do great things, and survive in spite of it all. To God be the glory!

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  23. Miracles happen! These beautiful boys look like their age. The children in the West, esp America seem to me to look at least 5 yrs older then they really are starting around age 10. I’m always amazed when I travel abroad to see the difference.

    This young coach must be exhausted with worry, knowing that he will Be villainized by the world. Hope the real truth is know soon.

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    • amwick says:

      It may be a cultural thing, whether he is seen as a hero or a villain. I hope that among his circle of friends, family, and acquaintances that he is seen as a hero. He is probably torturing himself.

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  24. Scott says:

    Not sure I’ve been this happy since November 9, 2016. Seriously…just might be the single best piece of news I have had since finding out Candidate Trump won. Other than President Trump’s successes since then, it’s been a tough 1.5 years.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the brave soul who gave all he had trying to save these kids, but his and his family’s sacrifice is not in vain.

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  25. blondegator says:

    This is truly a miracle. There is no other word for it. Prayers were answered.

    I’m a certified diver, with advanced qualifications, for at least 40 years (learned to dive with a ginned up oxygen bottle when I was 10 years old, before smaller tanks were being manufactured). I had serious doubts about the success of this endeavor, in fact, I’d not have been surprised at a total disaster. “Extremely technical” doesn’t begin to describe this feat of bravery and determination. The Thais should be extremely proud, I’m not sure this is a feat a strictly American team could have pulled off (size matters, sometimes). It was an audacious plan, carried out almost flawlessly. We need to remember the bravery and determination of the Thai SEAL who lost his life. This team of rescuers set an example for all of the world to emulate. Congratulations on a job well done.

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  26. chojun says:

    It’s not very often that we get happy news like this!

    I just hope that the boys and coach will have access to counseling resources after this for as long as they need them. I would imagine that all of them will have PTSD as a result of their ordeal.

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  27. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Thank God. May the Saman Gunnan Rest In Peace.

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  28. Eastender says:

    A courageous and beautiful story with a bittersweet ending. This, along with the excellent selection by our President of a remarkable person to sit on the Supreme Court make this a wonderful day!

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  29. shirley49 says:

    Amazing they were able to get them out. So proud of the Seals and the boys. Prayers work.

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  30. Kaco says:

    Wonderful news. I pray they are all not too traumatized and will grow from this scary experience and look at it as they survived and are strong. Thank God they were able to get them out of there and not the months that was predicted. Very sad for the Seal and that perished and his family.

    Does anyone know the detail, where were they when the flood started coming because the higher ground they reached was over 2 miles into the cave? They must have gone through that perilous “choke” section to get there- before or after the flood came?

    Does anyone know how they were discovered to be in there? I can’t imagine they had phone reception. The Seals brought oxygen for them in there, too, right? I’m sure the oxygen level back in the cave, especially with it cut off at points by water, would be depleted as well.

    I will not be one to villify that coach. Boys don’t get enough adventures these days as it is, and all adventures consist of some risk taking. No, he didn’t know the layout of the cave, I suppose that happens as one explores it. Many parents are afraid to let their kids walk down the street to their friends or the park by themselves.

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    • Esperanza says:

      As I understand it it’s normally perfectly safe but the rains came early and they had to go deep into the cave to escape.

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    • Johnny Caustic says:

      “Does anyone know the detail, where were they when the flood started coming because the higher ground they reached was over 2 miles into the cave?” I read somewhere that they weren’t terribly far from the entrance when the rains came, but a flash flood forced them to go much deeper in.

      “They must have gone through that perilous “choke” section to get there- before or after the flood came?” I think after, but I haven’t seen that verified.

      “Does anyone know how they were discovered to be in there?” It was known they were in the caves, but not known if they were alive. Divers searched for them. British divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen miraculously found them 9 days after they got trapped.

      “The Seals brought oxygen for them in there, too, right?” Yes.

      “I’m sure the oxygen level back in the cave, especially with it cut off at points by water, would be depleted as well.” I read somewhere that it had dropped to 15% oxygen (compared to about 21% in normal air).

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    • booger71 says:

      Four people I knew died in a flooded cave in 1976 in which a freak thunderstorm put 15 inches of rain down in the recharge area within 10 hours while they were in the cave. I had been in the cave several times and could have easily been on this trip but had to work. I have been a caver for 40 years with a degree in geology, and still it is impossible to predict how rain will affect a cave stream. I have several friends who have been trapped by flood waters for days at a time and had to wait it out, then come out to a media frenzy…almost like Sarah has to endure everyday at the White House.

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      • Kaco says:

        Wow, that is so sad, but doesn’t sound predictable either, although I’m sure you all take the best precautions you can with the expert knowledge you have. I bet you’ve had some really interesting explorations doing this for 40 years. I had always wanted to get back to Mammoth, though, I hadn’t taken more than the general tour.

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  31. johnmurbach says:

    Read this excellent Mail & Guardian piece from South Africa. Seems the Coach is as much a hero as the Thai Seal Gunan — along with the hundreds of people involved in the rescue — even the local rice farmers!

    “It all started off as an adventure: Twelve boys — aged between 11 and 16, members of Moo Pa, Wild Boars football team — journeyed to the Tham Luang cave complex, in Chiang Rai province in Thailand, to celebrate a birthday on June 23.

    “Until then, it had been an unusually dry season, which meant that the cave was open and free to explore.”

    https://mg.co.za/article/2018-07-10-how-the-misadventure-began-a-thai-football-team-trapped-in-a-cave-over-two-weeks

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    • jakeandcrew says:

      Wow! Just wow!

      The coach did not take the boys into the cave, the boys went in alone. The coach went looking for them when parents became concerned at their absence. The coach found their bicycles at the opening of the cave, and went in to find them!

      Can you imagine how different this story would be, if their coach had not gone in to get them?

      Wow.

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    • MfM says:

      If this is true… or a variation of it is true… then the coach has zero responsibility for what happened.

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  32. Eric says:

    Let’s leave the fate of the Thai teacher to the Thai. We don’t know all the circumstances. Booger’s right about sense of adventure. Oliver Wendell Holmes said it best:

    “Out of heroism grows faith in the worth of heroism. The proof comes later, and even may never come. Therefore I rejoice at every dangerous sport which I see pursued. The students at Heidelberg, with their sword-slashed faces, inspire me with sincere respect. I gaze with delight upon our polo players. If once in a while in our rough riding a neck is broken, I regard it, not as a waste, but as a price well paid for the breeding of a race fit for headship and command.”

    http://www.people.virginia.edu/~mmd5f/holmesfa.htm

    Holmes’ Memorial Day speeches should be required reading in every school in America.

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  33. Iron Claw says:

    To paraphrase Astronaut Jim Lovell, “It wasn’t a miracle, we just decide to go.”

    Godspeed Petty Officer Saman Gunan, 38. Don’t forget him.

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  34. Cheri Lawrence says:

    Wow great story! Worldwide winning, hearts afire!!

    Ps: anti anxiety medicine given, how clever! I would have needed a whole bottle omg!!

    The picture of this heroic man, so inspiring!

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  35. Heroes! The human spirit and the willingness to sacrifice for our children is always and amazement to behold

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  36. AmericaFirst says:

    There have been many many reports written of how the soccer team ended up deep in the cave, and among them is a report that the assistant coach had actually not gone with them initially but, seeing the weather change for the worse and their bicycles outside the cave, had gone to get them – and ended up taking them deeper into the cave and away from the hard rains. This story may not be true … but it also might be.

    With all that this group of boys and young men has endured together, this is not a time for damning anyone, especially without knowing the facts. Our western ideas to close off the cave, put the youth in helmets or a rubber room, don’t take any risks, don’t expose anyone to any danger whatsoever *may* be contributing to the epidemic of “beta” men we are seeing in the west, and their limited vision.

    Glory to God on the highest, and all gratitude that the prayers of not just a nation, but many many nations, have been answered, and sincere condolences for the loss of the volunteer Thai seal who lost his life, heart-breakingly, not far from the staging chamber, ironically while setting extra oxygen containers.

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  37. To the coach, I say, “You’re fired!”

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    • booger71 says:

      I would say. thanks coach for leading the boys to higher ground and wait to be rescued.

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    • jakeandcrew says:

      Read the news story posted by johnmurbach above. According to that report, the boys went into the cave by themselves. Their coach volunteered to go look for them when their parents became concerned at their absence. Their coach found their bicycles at the entrance to the cave, and went in to find them.

      He saved their lives, whatever the story is that caused the situation. For 18 days, he kept them alive.

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  38. Chuck says:

    To those of you calling for the coach to be fired – You are part of the reason its so hard to find real men nowadays.

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    • tunis says:

      Amazing some of the comments here arm chair quaterbacking and blaming the yound coach. The parents of the Thai kids have the right attitude. Unfortunately, if this happened in the USA, ambulance chaser attorneys, several of the grandstanding parents and of course all those holier-than-thou pundits would be wanting the young man’s head!! Tragic how far our society has fallen.

      https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jul/10/brother-ekk-thai-coach-who-put-players-first-right-to-the-end

      For two days after rescue workers began the delicate process of guiding the young members of the Wild Boars football team out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, their coach Ekaphol Chantawong remained behind in the damp, dark chamber where he and 12 boys had been trapped for more than two weeks.
      Thailand cave rescue: how did the boys get out?
      Read more

      Whether this was the coach’s decision or that of the rescue divers remains unknown, but those who know him say they have no doubt that the man they know as Pi Ekk (Brother Ekk) would have made sure his players had made it to safety first.

      “After playing, he always let all of us drink water first, and he’d drink last,” said Songpol Kanthawong, 13, who practised with the Wild Boars on 23 June, the day his coach and 12 of his team-mates became trapped. Songpol missed out on the cave visit because he did not have his bike with him to cycle to Tham Luang with the others.

      “Coach Ekk always thinks of others before himself,” he said.

      While the 25-year-old was still in the cave, Mae Sai’s police chief declined to answer media questions as to whether Chantawong would face negligence charges for bringing the boys into the cave, saying only that he would “study the matter”.

      In a letter written inside the cave and delivered to the parents of the Wild Boars last week, Chantawong, who has coached the team for more than three years, apologised and promised to take care of their children.

      The parents wrote back: “Don’t blame yourself … No parents are angry with you at all, so don’t you worry about that.”

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  39. mj_inOC says:

    Praise God!

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  40. andyocoregon says:

    I heard someone say those young boys who accomplished such an incredibly difficult escape from the cave are now men. It made me think they have been reborn. Travelling down that dark, water filled tunnel could in some ways be comparable to coming through the birth canal. I’m sure they are all happy to have a second chance at life.

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  41. andyocoregon says:

    Caves can be beautiful inside, but they can also be deadly. A few years ago there was a tragedy at the entrance to the Ice Cave in Washington State.

    https://www.cnn.com/2015/07/07/us/ice-cave-collapse-washington/index.html

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  42. Mary Ann says:

    Praise God!
    Sadly Sgt. Saman Gunan lost his life in line of service.. Bitter sweet outcome..

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  43. jane harris says:

    I have always felt that nothing good ever happens regarding soccer….sorry, all you soccer fans !
    As far as the coach goes, he certainly didn’t have evil intentions…and that is only what should be considered ,
    I also have become frustrated with people who take stupid risks and put first responders and rescuers at risk …
    God Bless these heroic people who do this work……

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  44. clipe says:

    “Thailand parties through the night! Country erupts in celebrations as trapped football team is freed from cave and rescue chief praises successful mission fuelled by the ‘POWER OF LOVE'”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5935535/Coach-left-Thai-cave-divers-say-safely-rescue-four-time.html

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    • clipe says:

      From the same link,

      “U.S. billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk visited the cave and offered up a specially built kid-sized submarine which the team turned down as it was ‘not practical’

      Just like his “Electric” cars. ‘not practical’

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  45. Texian says:

    Congratulations to the dive team and divers on a job well done. A group with the courage to go above and beyond. It it not without cost.. Expensive Knowledge.. Their successful effort in this uncommon challenge now provides a model for future rescues to come.

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  46. WSB says:

    Prayers for Sgt. Gunan and his family, and heartfelt relief and thanks for all of those Thai Navy SEALS, their little charges so brave, and all of their families.

    Miracle, indeed! Thank you, Lord.

    Amen.

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  47. ForGodandCountry says:

    An incredible story of the human spirit, of unity in resolve and purpose. Sealed in glory with the loving sacrifice of Sgt. Saman Gunan.

    Amazing grace.

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  48. cheryl says:

    From what I have read, this team had visited this cave a few times before and, on this trip, were forced deeper and deeper into the cave as the water rose. I cannot imagine the fear and claustrophobia of 24 hours of darkness day after day after day. This coach kept them sane during that time and kept them from panicking. Yeah, he’s ultimately responsible but I feel sorry for him too. He has a lot of guilt to deal with and I’m hoping he will be forgiven in the end.

    I feared the worst and hoped for the best. That they were found is a great miracle. That they survived the rescue is even more amazing.

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  49. wolfrom1 says:

    Very sad that someone had to die. The people of America
    have been protected by the government so much that sooner or later warning labels will be on everything and no one will be able to think for themselves.

    Living is dangerous. That doesn’t mean we should put a label on it. What happened to the American spirit to explore and do things that may be harmful.

    Stay in your basement and be safe. I want to live my life to the fullest.

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  50. Echo says:

    “An international coalition of divers led by Thailand SEAL’s and rescuers from over 50 countries were able to rescue the remaining boys earlier today.”

    No, the rescue was organised logistically and led by the acknowledged worlds best… British cave divers. The others did excellent support work.

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