Over the last few weeks, the world has watched as rescue attempts were underway for the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand. Now, after a perilous journey, all 13 members of the team have been successfully rescued!
The team went missing on June 23 when they entered Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex after practice one day. When they didn't return to their respective homes that night, parents began to worry. Various clues about their location, including their backpacks and shoes, pointed responders to the cave which had been flooded over.
Finally, on July 2, divers were able to locate the team and confirm that every member was still alive. Sadly, one Thai Navy SEAL diver was killed in his attempt to rescue the team. That death also put an even greater amount of pressure on the rescuers.
Between July 8-10, all twelve boys and their coach were rescued, 4 or 5 at a time. Miraculously, all thirteen members made it out alive!
Now, heartwarming footage has emerged of the team. They are all still in the hospital but seem to be in good spirits. In the video, the team can be seen waving and throwing peace signs at the camera. The second video shows family members outside of the glass enclosures waving to the team as well.
Below are the names of those who were trapped in the cave:
Peerapat Sompeangjai, 16; Ponchai Khamluang, 16; Pipat Bhodi, 15; Prajak Sutham, 15; Ardoon Sam-aon, 14; Arakat Wongsukchan, 14; Natthawut Takumsong, 14; Mongkol Boonpiam, 13; Panumas Saeng-Dee, 13; Duangphet Promthep, 13; Somjai Jaiwong, 13, Chanin Viboonrungruang, 11. The coach is 25-year-old Ekkapol Ake Chanthawong.
Please continue praying for the healing process for all of these boys. Share your prayers and warm thoughts here! In other recent news, 1 firefighter was killed and dozens of people injured in a massive explosion. Please keep that situation in your prayers.