Tuesday, July 10, 2018

13 for 13

The Wild Boars are out of the cave:
All 12 youth football players and their coach have now been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, following a three-day operation.

The final four school boys and their coach, who had been trapped in the Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai for 18 days, were carried out on stretchers to waiting ambulances on Tuesday afternoon.

Among those extracted today is the youngest member of the team, 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungruang, whose nickname is Titan.

The governor of the rescue mission had previously said Tuesday's operation would be more difficult than the previous two days, due to the increased number of people who need to be evacuated.

Following the last boys and their 25-year-old coach will be four Thai Navy SEALs - including a medic - who have been staying with the group since they were discovered huddled together on a muddy ledge 2,620ft (800 metres) underground on July 2.

The Thai Navy SEALs confirmed the successful rescue on their official Facebook page, writing: '12 wild boars and coach out of the cave. Everyone is safe. Now just waiting to pick up four frogs. Hooyah.'
Amazing. And while the story never truly ends, it's great to see this particular chapter come to a close on a high and happy note.

"As long as you fight, as long as you believe in yourself we will go through the bad things and will succeed in life."
- Thitiporn Anurakkhana

If anyone ever had an excuse for despair, if anyone ever had a rational reason to just give up, it was those 12 boys. They are an object lesson in the importance of fighting until the very end. I wonder how many of them will become SEALs themselves?



Blogger Looking Glass July 10, 2018 8:17 AM  

Once they have all of the rescue teams out we can account for that, but if there was seriously only 1 death (of a rescue diver) for this entire operation, that's beyond amazing.

Blogger Anchorman July 10, 2018 8:19 AM  

Toxic masculinity.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira July 10, 2018 8:29 AM  

Thank God for those glorious men. Big and shiny medals have been earned.

Blogger Jamie-R July 10, 2018 8:58 AM  

I'll always marvel at the mental discipline of elite soldiers. They are so unique. The focus & togetherness during great risks to self.

Blogger David The Good July 10, 2018 8:58 AM  

Incredible. God be praised - what good news.

Blogger wreckage July 10, 2018 9:01 AM  

@5 Amen, Mr The Good, Sir.

Blogger Rabbi B July 10, 2018 9:21 AM  

May these 12 boys, their coach, and others recognize the hand of God, and may this experience compel them to spend the rest of their lives in the service of the living God Who is ultimately responsible for sustaining and delivering them.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my steps.

He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God; many will see it and fear,
and will trust in the Lord.

(cf. Psalm 40)

Blogger jaericho July 10, 2018 9:25 AM  

@5 Amen, Amen.

Blogger B.J. July 10, 2018 9:56 AM  

Hopefully they do something great to honor the guy who died for them.

Blogger pdwalker July 10, 2018 10:59 AM  

They’re Thai. They will.

Blogger Ingemar July 10, 2018 11:11 AM  

Best part? All the kids survived despite the odds against them.

Second best part? Elon Musk made to look like an attention whoring asshole.

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 10, 2018 11:11 AM  

In the joy of their rescue, celebrate. Later, remember the brave Kunan.

Blogger Looking Glass July 10, 2018 11:38 AM  

All of the rescue team is now out, so the final tally is only 1 death for such a massive operation. That's beyond impressive.

Blogger Coyotewise July 10, 2018 12:59 PM  

"If anyone ever had an excuse for despair, if anyone ever had a rational reason to just give up, it was those 12 boys. They are an object lesson in the importance of fighting until the very end. I wonder how many of them will become SEALs themselves?"

All they needed was 12. I wonder if we'll see Thailand go deep into the World Cup in 8-12 years.

Blogger Rory Porth July 10, 2018 1:08 PM  

Nancy Pelosi is going to sue the Thai government because only men were used in the rescue. There should have been a certain proportion of women used....

obviously a joke

Without modern technology, great planning, developing a procedure, luck, and God's blessing this whole episode would have been horrific....

Blessings to all involved.

Blogger LP999-16 July 10, 2018 1:54 PM  

What a miracle to wake up to, what epic team work, what an epic hand of God. To borrow a word from BobKek, Victoreeee.

The bereft parents can finally sleep after a indescribable living hell, its bad enough waiting for them to come home from the mall, come home from a 90% chance of death?

Who can fathom 2600+ feet underground, everyone is under 25 with rain? Swimming through that level of water, aquatic life, with that kind of heavy equipment, should leave everyone with a chills.

Considering the recent holiday people must respect nature in that water and fire do not mess around. A teenage lifeguard struggles through minor light training and Red Cross classes for a 12 foot pool, water is nothing to toy with.

+No room for despair or depression, the fight is deep within the spirit, never give up, life is tough, show up for it+

If you forfeit that challenge or your life you give up on future miracles you cannot even imagine, life is still that wondrous.

Blogger Jill July 10, 2018 2:05 PM  

What David the Good said.

Blogger Darwin is a Harsh Mistress July 10, 2018 3:47 PM  

God be praised. May Saman Kunan be with our Lord this day, smiling that these souls were spared to another day.

Irony: we are one of the last Boy Scout families left in our SJW-infested formerly WASP colonial vintage redoubt.

Is this what the wreckers mean by "toxic masculinity"?

Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his brother -- John xv:13

Blogger Ian Stein July 10, 2018 8:18 PM  

Should make a great movie. Clint Eastwood to direct.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume July 10, 2018 8:45 PM  

Thanks to God. This was a mind-mindbogglingly terrifying and dangerous operation.

They had a US Navy Seal on Fox who put it in perspective: Sink two miles worth of school buses in the water and then traverse the distance in the dark by scuba diving under all of the seats.

At one point, they had only 15 inches of space (to maneuver two divers, one child and all of the extra oxygen tanks it took to stay under as long as the did) through.

Amazing. And humbling.

Blogger Ataraxia July 10, 2018 9:06 PM  

So how many of the rescuers will be women in the movie?

Blogger Robert Pinkerton July 10, 2018 9:31 PM

Molten irony, pig-irony, wought-irony, and cobbles in sheet-irony.

Blogger John Williams July 11, 2018 8:27 AM  

They’re Thai. They will.
As the dominos fell to communism, it was the Thai that stood strong. They may have a president, but they also have a king that unites them. They see themselves as a strong people who will not be subjugated. There is a lifelong lesson on the strengths of nationalism in the Thai people.

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