President Trump Congratulates Thai Navy SEALs On "Successful" Rescue

Update: After boarding Air Force One Tuesday morning to head to Brussels for the 2018 NATO Summit, President Trump took a few moments off from preparing for his latest showdown with America's military allies to tweet a quick congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs who successfully rescued all 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach.

Musk also offered his congratulations.

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The elaborate rescue dubbed "Mission Impossible" is finally over.

After they were stranded inside the cave for more than two weeks, rescuers have finally freed all 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand, CNN reported Tuesday. The boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, and their coach are all being treated at a nearby hospital.


Rain overnight had raised fears of delays, but the mission was completed more quickly than organizers anticipated. Former Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who was charged with supervising the rescue, said that the 19 divers working on the rescue team went back into the cave Tuesday morning to retrieve the remaining boys and their coach. The diving team is being led by a group of Thai Navy SEALs.


A doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs who had been examining members of the team inside the cave are also coming out, according to Buzzfeed.

"All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever," Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of Thailand's ministry of public health, told reporters Tuesday. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out."

The first four boys who were rescued on Sunday are now able to eat solid food, doctors said. And they have been able to see their family members through a transparent barrier. At least one of the boys appeared to have a lung infection and another was admitted with a slowed heart rate, he said, but both have improved. While the eight boys who have been thoroughly examined by doctors already are said to be "in good health", they have all exhibited signs of infection, which means they'll likely remain hospitalized for at least a week.


The boys went missing on June 23, and have spent two weeks deep underground in a cramped dark cave with limited oxygen.


Meanwhile, after tweeting video of his kid-sized "mini-sub" yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk traveled to the rescue site to offer help in person, supposedly on his way to China where he hopes to procure either more funds or get permission to build a Tesla factory. The rescue team had everything under control and politely declined his help, but he left them the sub...

...Which elicited some amused responses on Twitter.


Nuclear Winter Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

Save the last boy, leave the coach behind to rot.


Has anyone told Musk of His Hollows (the cave in Elon's butt) that the boys have been saved by professionals?

CuttingEdge shovelhead Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:11 Permalink

+100 IR


When a "feel good news story" actually breaks, it's an enjoyment that makes up somewhat for the shite we read on a daily basis.

So enjoy it for what it is...12 kids and an adult saved who went through one hell of an ordeal.

And, if you've a mind to, spare a thought for the family of the diver who risked, and lost, his life trying to save them.

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shortonoil TheSilentMajority Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:40 Permalink

Mapped and did cave exploration all over the US. This is a common event to occur, especially for inexperienced cavers. They go into what appears to be a dry cave; a thunderstorm comes up and the cave fills up in minutes. This coach was probably inexperienced, and it is not unusual for the inexperienced to die. Floyd Collins died in Crystal Cave trapped by a stone the size of his hand. Hundreds of rescuers worked for two weeks to free him, but to no avail. In caving a cave rescue kit consists of a bottle of Jack Daniels, a piece of caulk and a 45 pistol. Unless you can take your carbide lamp apart, and put it back together blindfolded, stay out of caves.

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SantaClaws shortonoil Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

"This coach was probably inexperienced, and it is not unusual for the inexperienced to die."

Well said.  Compare to the case of four persons in Provo, Utah in 2005 who entered the above-ground "Cave of Death" that has a below-ground water-filled tunnel and cavern.  On exiting, one stopped and blocked the exit for the other three.  All perished.

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Malleus Maleficarum shortonoil Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:21 Permalink

The Jack Daniels and .45 I get, but what's the caulk for?

I gotta hand it to you, you have brass balls to do cave exploration! Was it your job or a pastime? I'll jump out of a perfectly good airplane (mainly because people are stacked right up my ass) even though I don't much like heights, but caves and other holes in the ground? No freaking way! 

In fact, I live atop an old abandoned gold mine in North Georgia, and a girlfriend and I went down into one of many caves which are hidden deep in the woods about a quarter mile from my house. An old cave with a 2' opening going down about 140° for 20 feet, opening up into what was clearly a man-made 5' high exploratory shaft going back 600' or so. It got dark about 30' in. It was cold and damp, like a grave. It felt like the walls were closing in the whole time and I struggled to fight off claustrophobia. I kept thinking the ceiling was going to collapse, even though the rock was solid granite. There were no tunnels veering off to the sides, surprisingly. Finally got to the back, only to discover old beer cans, used condoms and graffiti on the walls! It was a rush, but no way in hell would I go into any place where I had to crawl through tight spaces. I'll leave that to people who like that sort of thing!

Anyway, It's good to hear that those kids were rescued because that had to be pretty damned terrifying!

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