An overwhelming sense of joy was felt all over Thailand, and across the globe… after the last two boys from a youth football team were recued on Tuesday from an underground cave. Twelve boys aged 11 to 16 belonging to a youth football team and their 25-year-old coach became trapped inside the cave on June 23rd, and their dramatic story quickly became a global headliner.
After nine days, they were found by British divers and Thai Navy SEALs.
Several rescue options were considered but they were met with fear and skepticism. In addition, the possibility of heavy rain flooding the caves and the fact that the boys couldn't swim dimmed the chances of rescuing the whole team and their coach safely.
But their 17-day ordeal ended on Tuesday, when the complete 13-member group was rescued over three days and taken to hospital.
Various social networking websites featured messages regarding the rescue. On Twitter and Instagram, well-wishers sent messages of support, advice and hashtags such as #ThaiCaveRescue dominating social media.
Amid those who are celebrating the teams' courage and return, Manchester United from the English Premier League reportedly invited the team and their rescuers to Old Trafford to watch a game this season.
There was also a message from Manchester City defender Kyle Walker, who offered to send the team England shirts following the news of their rescue.
Seo Bo-bin, Arirang News.