They're all safe! The internet is filled with joy after a successful Thai cave rescue.
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Two weeks after people feared the worst outcome, the world was celebrating.

The last of the 12 youth soccer players and their beloved coach who went missing in late June were successfully rescued from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand on July 10.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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