Twitter cheers for Thai footballers as cave rescue continues

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Thai police secure the road leading to Tham Luang cave as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. Photo: AFP/ Ye Aung Thu

On Sunday, the first phase of the rescue to free the young soccer players trapped in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand ended well with four boys being bought out.

Another mission was launched on Monday to get the remaining eight boys and their coach out, but a lot depends on the monsoon rains expected in the area and the conditions inside the flooded cave.

The story of the trapped players and their coach, meanwhile, saw a global outpouring of hope and affection. People from across the world took to Twitter to express their support for the boys, to praise the courage of the divers led by the Thai Navy SEALs and discuss how dangerous the rescue mission must be.

People on social media also paid homage to the indomitable spirit of the trapped boys as well as retired Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who died in the cave while delivering oxygen tanks along the route.

The resilient young

The challenges ahead

A touch of the World Cup

One for the heroes

Artwork, with love

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