We did something nobody thought possible. Chiang Rai acting Governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn
The Wild Boars are safe
By Roger Childs
There is nothing like a successful rescue to bring the world together. The plight of the 12 young football players and their coach trapped on a ledge in a cave with the prospect of Monsoon rains cutting them off for months, captured the imagination of hundreds of millions around the globe.
There were no issues here of nationalism, ethnicity, gender, religion, inequality, class or prejudice, just simply kids in danger and skilled adults doing their best to bring them out safely as soon as they could.
Now that they have all been safely rescued, there has been a collective sigh of relief around the planet that transcends all the petty strife that can divide countries, groups and people.
The only sad element was the one casualty: Thai Seal Suman Gunan, who died during the rescue effort last Friday from a lack of oxygen.
The tremendous concern and support around the world for these fun-loving kids was possibly best expressed in the message from Manchester United, who are hugely popular in Thailand:
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season.