Two weeks after people feared the worst outcome, the world was celebrating.
The boys and their coach were receiving medical treatment and getting much-needed rest and care. They were to be on a restricted diet while they recover, though Thailand's Health Secretary confirmed some of them were asking for bread and chocolate.
For now, the world is celebrating the rapid and heroic turnaround of a story that captured the attention of millions.
Great news — all 12 boys and their coach have been rescued from that Thai cave. Amazing work by the rescue team.— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1531223905.0
Wow. What an incredible story of hope, humanity, bravery and skill. I am so relieved and happy hearing the news tha… https://t.co/luQHiHlbha— tom ellis (@tom ellis)1531224275.0
Thank you dear God and all who worked on the rescue effforts, not only for saving the boys in Thailand but for demo… https://t.co/K0qt4zS0hr— Marianne Williamson (@Marianne Williamson)1531226015.0
Delighted to see the successful rescue of those trapped in the caves in Thailand. The world was watching and will b… https://t.co/0TzeTvodhy— Theresa May (@Theresa May)1531224938.0
Great news from Thailand!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻— Toni Kroos (@Toni Kroos)1531224973.0
What great news from Thailand. Let’s revel in the joy!— Bette Midler (@Bette Midler)1531235032.0
At a moment of crisis, people came together to help.
Not everything went according to plan. But people stayed united.
There were serious obstacles along the way. One of the Thai Navy SEAL divers tragically died while setting up oxygen tanks for the rescue operations. And for a while, it was unclear how or when a rescue could be conducted.
As we celebrate the wonderful news of the #ThaiCaveRescue, let's hope Thailand never forget ex-Thai Navy SEAL Sgt.… https://t.co/f4FGr0vay4— Shiv Aroor (@Shiv Aroor)1531225108.0
However, those fears were greatly outnumbered by an outpouring of support from Thailand and around the world. 50 of the 90 rescue operators came from outside of Thailand, and prominent people like Elon Musk were offering to help in any way they could.
The parents of the missing children rallied around the 25-year-old coach, showering him with praise rather than blame.
Thailand has rescued all 13 youths. No blame games, no comparison with the preceding governments. No accusations an… https://t.co/wOePpt0nSA— Reno Omokri (@Reno Omokri)1531230981.0
Proud of the England Football team .. But that’s just sport .. More proud of the 7 British divers that have helped… https://t.co/vJpEEBoyQM— Michael Vaughan (@Michael Vaughan)1531229590.0
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It's a moment to pause and celebrate before focusing on the next challenge.
This was a moment of good news the world needed right now. The road to recovery for these children and their families might be long, but the first obstacle — getting them to safety — has been overcome.
There will surely be many more stories about the kids and their rescuers as this story unfolds, but for now the most important news is that they are all safe.