One incredible rescue mission in the treacherous conditions of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has come to an end. All 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a long drawn out 18-day ordeal that claimed the life one very brave and heroic former Navy SEAL diver ‘Sgt. Major Saman Gunan’ who will be remembered for his efforts for many years to come. This is a story that riveted people around the world.

Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely on Tuesday. 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, 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 were heard at a local government office where many volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the incredibly hard task and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded.  People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances taking the boys arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai city.

Payap Maiming, 40, who helped provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, said a “miracle” had happened.

“I’m happy for Thais all over the country, for the people of Mae Sai, and actually just everyone in the world because every news channel has presented this story and this is what we have been waiting for,” she said. Mae Sai is the district where the cave is located, in the northern part of Chiang Rai province, near the border with Myanmar.

 “It’s really a miracle,” Payap said. “It’s hope and faith that has brought us this success.”


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