After nine harrowing days where 12 members of the wild boar soccer team, Thailand and their 25 year-old coach were trapped in the Tham Luaang network caves in Northern Thailand, there was relief finally as they were successfully taken out of their ordeal. The ordeal had garnered media attention worldwide They were found on July 2 by British divers after being stuck in a deep chamber in the cave system, dubbed as ‘Pattaya Beach’.
After their heroic rescue operation, Thailand Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the mission.
“On the behalf of Thai Government, I would like to reiterate my sincere gratitude for the determination and sacrifice of all involved in this mission including individual volunteers, government officials, private companies and the press corp for their assistance in sharing expertise, manpower and equipment and also people around the world for their moral support throughout this ordeal,” Prayut said in his address.
PM Prayut took a moment to pay his tributes to former Thai Navy Seal Diver Petty Officer First Class Saman Kunan, who volunteered and lost his life during the mission. “His honour, sacrifice and legacy will always be in our hearts”.
He also thanked the King and the Royal family for extending their support during times of crisis, like these.
“At a time of crisis, when the Thai people are facing with hardship, His Majesty the King and all members of the Royal Family have always expressed concern and shown kindness by bestowing guidance and moral support as well as Royal support to the rescue mission,” Prayut added.
United States President Donald Trump had also congratulated the Thai Navy SEALs for the “successful” rescue operation.
“On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand. Such a beautiful moment – all freed, great job!” Trump tweeted.
On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand. Such a beautiful moment – all freed, great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018