Monday, September 24, 2018

Editorial: Successful rescue mission

This photo tweeted by Elon Musk shows efforts underway to rescue trapped members of a youth soccer team from a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Musk tweeted early Tuesday, July 10, 2018, he has visited the cave and has left a mini-submarine there for future use. (AP)

THE world is celebrating as the 12 boys and their soccer coach were successfully rescued after they were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks, a herculean task for the divers as the whole world came together for a dangerous mission.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach have to dive out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province, Thailand – experts said underwater escape should be the last resort.

The rescuers are also racing time due to the monsoon rains which could increase the water level in the cave.

What it makes the rescue mission dangerous is that the passageways are tight and there’s a strong current, aside from the muddy water and oxygen-depleted air. A former Thai navy SEAL died after he passed out during the dive.

After three days of the rescue mission, the soccer team and their coach were extracted out of the flooded cave, alive and well.

It was indeed a miracle - it was the good news the world has been waiting for.

In 2010, some of the 33 miners from Chile were also trapped underground for 69 days. This after the copper mine collapsed.

The rescue mission was also a herculean task as the miners were buried more than 2,000 feet below the ground.

The world was in jubilant when all 33 miners came out alive after more than three months of ordeal.

When the news about the boys trapped in the cave, they also offered words of encouragement and hope to the young soccer team.

Hope is a good thing. Always.