Heartfelt Tribute Artworks Pour In From Worldwide After Thai Cave Rescue Success
By Yoon Sann Wong, 10 Jul 2018
Two hours ago, the Thai Navy SEAL confirmed on its Facebook page that all 13 individuals—12 boys and their coach—of the ‘Wild Boars’ football team have been rescued after spending 17 days trapped beneath ground in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.
The ordeal has not only garnered worldwide attention, but also the efforts of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his team of engineers, who built a specially designed child-sized submarine in an attempt to aid the rescue mission.
Since news of the operation’s success broke, cheers have resounded from around the world. This includes touching tribute artworks and illustrations from worldwide that honor the 1,000-odd personnel involved in the rescue endeavor, including navy divers, members of the military, and civilian volunteers.
Sadly, ex-Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan passed away last Friday while supplying oxygen to the boys as part of the rescue mission. The Guardian reported that Kunan, featured in the first artwork below, had exhausted his oxygen supply en route to the surface, after situating air tanks along the two-mile journey to the boys.
In addition to these drawings, an earlier illustration of the cave rescue with hidden meanings went viral after it was shared by the Thai Navy SEAL on its Facebook page.
The tireless efforts of the rescue team have not only saved 13 lives, but also touched many worldwide and have evidently assured—as one Twitter user puts it—that “solidarity and humanity still exist.”
John Volanthen, the lead diver at #ThaiCaveRescue - said:— Sabine B. (@BineBoss) July 9, 2018
“I dive for passion and always wondered if it would have purpose. Last two weeks was what I prepared for my entire life.” pic.twitter.com/LAlPsCJLwm
Today, we witnessed hope. Faith. Courage. Dedication.— Jenn S. (@VTDiva01) July 10, 2018
12 boys. Their coach. 18 days. Rescuers who gave it all and never gave up. The Wild Boars never gave up.
Undefeated. 13/13. It is over. Confirmed. Welcome home. #ThaiCaveRescue #ThailandCaveRescue pic.twitter.com/G5QHLF2WnS
#ThaiCaveRescue #ThamLuang #ThailandCaveRescue— #RobinHood (@RealRobinHood19) July 10, 2018
Rescue team deserve Medal of Honour.🏅
Thank you for your support around the world.
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Finally free 🙏
Not all Superheroes wear capes! #ThailandCaveRescue#Cartoon: @theheraldsun #Thailand #ThaiCaveRescue #ThamLuang #SamanGunan #HERO#Cave #Divers #Real #Heroes #Brave #Superheroes #superhero @IlloRoom @cartoonmovement #ThailandCave #CaveThailand #CaveRescue pic.twitter.com/C7nlYIuh53— Chris 'ROY' Taylor (@chrisroytaylor) July 9, 2018
[via Mothership and BBC, main image via Shutterstock]
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