Thai res­cue sparked unity among na­tions

Mo­ment was brief, but il­lus­trated power of work­ing to­gether

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

Ev­ery so of­ten, we need a story to root for, such as the underdog-turned-suc­cess tale, or the saga of a just-barely averted tragedy.

The 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand cap­ti­vated our at­ten­tion, de­spite the miles be­tween our coun­try and theirs.

The boys and their 25-year-old soc­cer coach en­tered the cave to go ex­plor­ing af­ter prac­tice on June 23, but be­came trapped due to mon­soon rains that filled the pas­sage­ways, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

They were miss­ing for nearly 10 days be­fore be­ing found by British divers. And then, it wasn’t as sim­ple as walk­ing back out of the cave. The res­cue mis­sion was fraught with dan­ger, and one diver lost his life in the process.

“Fall­ing oxy­gen lev­els, risk of sick­ness and the im­mi­nent prospect of more rain flood­ing the cave com­plex for months” com­pli­cated the sit­u­a­tion, the AP re­ports.

Divers prac­ticed with lo­cal chil­dren in a pool be­fore at­tempt­ing the res­cue, which took hours per child, and plan­ners were metic­u­lous in or­ga­niz­ing the res­cue ef­fort, work­ing tire­lessly to save these 13 lives.

The boys — some of whom could not swim — en­dured chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, sur­viv­ing off wa­ter drip­ping in the cave. They were weak, tired and at in­cred­i­ble risk.

Res­cuers took ad­van­tage of a break in the weather to be­gin to whisk the boys to safety, and over the course of three days, all made it to safety.

Gov­ern­ments ral­lied around these chil­dren, send­ing in what­ever they could to help. And peo­ple around the world were riv­eted by the story.

It shouldn’t take a scary cri­sis to bring coun­tries to­gether, but it does prove that, should peo­ple choose to, they can work to­gether to bring about good.

As one Thai of­fi­cial noted, the mis­sion “be­came a sym­bol of unity among mankind,” ac­cord­ing to the AP.

Frankly, that unity is some­thing of which we can use a lit­tle more — and not sparked be­cause of tragedy or un­usual peril.

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