Twelve members of Thailand’s Wild Boars youth soccer team and their assistant coach were trapped deep in a cave for two weeks when monsoon rains began and water in the cave rose. But today, the last four boys and their coach were brought safely out of the cave. Applause and tears around the world for the extraordinary efforts of the rescuers. The boys and their coach will have a floor of the local hospital all to themselves while they recover from fatigue, exhaustion, dehydration, starvation, and some minor lung infections. But the bottom line is they are all out and all safe. And the world is basking in the wonderful news. One diver lost his life as he was placing oxygen tanks along the route out.
The only sad note now is that the boys have been offered an all-expense-paid trip to the World Cup finals on Friday. But barring unexpected developments, the team is not expected to be well enough soon enough to travel.
It was the happy ending we dared not hope for. Huge congratulations to the dozens of people involved in the rescue efforts.