World Claps Online After 4 Cave Boys Rescued

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BANGKOK — The world on Sunday celebrated the news that four of the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in the Chiang Rai cave complex had been rescued, and anticipated the successful evacuation of the rest.

Twitter users worldwide have been using the English hashtag #ThaiCaveRescue to express their joy – from celebrities and children as young as the trapped boys to the United States president.

“For the first time in history, the entire world is rooting for the same football team. #ThaiCaveRescue,” Twitted user @lindaelora03 wrote.

Many tweets were accompanied by illustrations to laud the rescue, while others praised the British divers who found the children, SEAL officer Saman Kunan who died trying to rescue the group and Ekapol Chantawong, the 25-year-old football coach who remains in the cave with eight other kids.


“Saman Kunan. Say his name. He’s earned it,” @tiggertheturtle tweeted.

US President Donald Trump also tweeted about the rescue effort.

Elon Musk, who had offered to aid the mission, praised the rescue and tweeted videos of divers testing out his idea of using children-sized submarine pods.

“With some mods, this could also work as an escape pod in space,” he commented in another tweet.

A card from Vivaan, an 11-year-old Indian boy.

Actress Viola Davis, who starred in motion picture The Help, tweeted words of encouragement along with an illustration of the kids climbing out of a cave that reads “hope.”

Asjad Nazir, editor of British newspaper Eastern Eye posted a series of tweets about the cave rescue.

Nazir also retweeted an earlier cartoon by Chris Roy Taylor, an illustrator for Australian daily Herald Sun.

US Congressman Ted Lieu applauded the children’s’ scuba diving feats.

Actor Michael Raymond James, who starred in TV series True Blood and Once Upon A Time, said his “heart aches” as he waits for continued news about the trapped kids.

Twitter user @kaponyamwenye called the boys’ ordeal “the epitome of resilience.”

Thai tweeters have been using the Thai hashtag #BringtheWildBoarsTeamHome, referencing the football team’s name. Many of the accompanying illustrations depict the boys as little boars.

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