The Thai Navy SEAL unit has posted a series of touching messages on its Facebook page celebrating the safe rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach, who had been trapped inside a flooded Thai cave since June 23.
“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what,” their latest post reads.
“All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave.”
The Wild Boars is the name of the soccer team that found themselves stranded after exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice.
A rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, making it impossible for the soccer players, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach to escape.
But on Tuesday night, the last four boys and their coach were brought out alive from the claustrophobic confines of the cave, in what many have called a miraculous rescue effort.
It was a perilous three-day ordeal, with four boys rescued on Sunday and another four on Monday, before the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.
As the world watched on, waiting for news of the boys’ rescue, Thai Navy SEALS continuously updated their Facebook page with heartfelt and heartwarming messages, giving readers hope – and some distraction – as events unfolded.
They have been working alongside dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world for the mammoth rescue effort.
“Hooyah,” they wrote after announcing “12 wild pigs and coaches out of the cave”.
“Safe everyone. This time, waiting to pick up 4 Frogs,” the post said, referring to a nickname given to divers involved in the rescue mission.
Earlier on Tuesday, when not all had been rescued from the flooded cave, the page was updated with a picture of wild boars.
“While waiting for all the Boars to come out, why won’t we relax ourselves a little bit,” the post read.
“Do you know that new baby boars usually have stripes on their skins, and, those stripes will be gone when they grow up?
“Yes, that’s right. The wild boars generally eat trees’ roots and herbs.
“One of the behaviours of wild boars is that they gather in group. And you know what? Tonight, all the ‘Wild Boars’ will be in group again!”
Earlier in the day, a heartwarming cartoon showing the different nationalities of the rescue effort, symbolised by their native animals, was posted to the page, which has had millions of followers checking in for updates as the rescue operation progressed.