'The definition of heroes!' Rescuers who saved trapped Thai soccer players are flooded with praise and admiration online, as social media celebrates their bravery (and their good looks)
- The rescuers who helped the team escape from a cave in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand have been deemed heroes by the public
- The group who worked tirelessly to save the kids now have an online following
- One volunteer translator, Somjet 'Jet' Sae-zhang gained admirers on Instagram
- Other rescuers - including the US Air Force and Thai Navy SEALS, did as well
- The final four school boys and their coach were rescued Tuesday afternoon
- Eight of 12 Wild Boar FC players were rescued Sunday and Monday after becoming trapped by monsoon floods
The rescuers who saved all 12 youth football players and their coach have received online admiration from people around the world for their bravery and good looks during the challenging extraction.
According to a new report, the rescuers who helped the team escape the Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, have become heartthrobs for people around the world following the challenging mission.
One leader who was among the brave rescue group is 19-year-old volunteer translator Somjet 'Jet' Sae-zhang. Since joining the rescue, his pictures have gone viral on social media as admirers praised the young volunteer, local news site Khaosod English reported last week.
Working hard: Rescue workers are seen by the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Chiang Rai province. The public has taken a liking to some of the rescuers helping with the mission
Admired: A 19-year-old volunteer translator, Somjet 'Jet' Sae-zhang, garnered a following on social media after he helped with the rescue
Brave: Another familiar face the past couple of weeks was Air Force Captain Jessica Tait. She spoke often with the press to inform the public about the rescue mission
Heroic: People took to Twitter to praise the many groups that came together to rescue the trapped football team
Somjet racked up more than 128,000 followers on Instagram after people started to recognize the young volunteer from his help at the caves.
After he posted a series of pictures of him volunteering at the area in northern Thailand, people flooded the comments calling the translator 'cute' and while others said he had a 'good heart.'
People following the rescue also took an interest in the US Air Force troops who joined the rescue efforts.
Air Force Captain Jessica Tait was an important on-screen figure for the organization during the extraction process as she updated the press and public about the country's assistance for Thailand to get the children and their coach out safety.
Her consistent appearances on camera sparked admirers online who said her pose and ability to explain the situation was helpful.
'My duty here is to talk with you guys and to get our messages out and to let our guys do their job because right now, they’re still working the problem,' Tait said in an interview with Khaosod English last week.
Captain Tait's team was based at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, before they were deployed out more than a week ago to Tham Luang Nang Non, Thailand, as an extra team to assist with the extraction efforts.
Working hard: After a three-day operation to retrieve the group, the rescue was deemed successful with all boys and the coach making it out safely
Adorable: Somjet experienced praised for his 'good heart' and taking time to help the rescue
Keep it coming: One person commended the bravery of the rescuers and hoped they would see more examples of this type of humanity in the world
Thankful: Twitter blew up after the trapped group was announced to all be safe
Impressed: One user said the rescuers were the 'true definition of heroes'
In love: Another user had a more 'inappropriate' response to the rescuers and said she came up for cave-related pickup lines about them
In one video where Captain Tait talks about the rescue efforts, commenters commended her for her professionalism and good looks.
One person wrote 'she can rescue me anytime,' while another called her a 'pretty lady' and said she spoke well to the press.
Tweets have also poured to thank the rescue team for their heroic efforts in getting all the children out safely with only minor injuries.
'In a world where some people only seem to be interested in themselves, it's refreshing to see people actually trying to help each other,' One person on Twitter wrote.
'There's not enough humanity in the world anymore. The rescuers that helped get the people trapped in the Thai cave out are heroes.'
She was not the only one to call the rescuers heroes. Other people said it was phenomenal what the groups were able to accomplish to get the 12 children and their coach to safety.
'The Thai rescuers are the true definition of HEROES,' a tweet read. 'What an amazing story.'
But one person admitted to being attracted to some of the rescuers on the team.
'One of my friends was involved in the rescue of the Thai soccer kids and sent the most heartwarming photo of all the rescuers,' the person wrote.
'We responded in the most appropriate way; messaging him the most inappropriate cave related pickup lines possible.'
Free: The 12 young boys with the football team and their coach were rescued after being stuck for 18 days in the cave Chiang Rai, northern Thailand
Safe: All the children were taken to the hospital after they were rescued from the cave
Nearly there: The Thai Navy SEALs posted this message after all the boys and their coach had been rescued
These responses come after the final four school boys and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai on Tuesday morning.
Their rescue ended a three-day operation after the team had been in the flooded cave for 18 days.
The Thai Navy SEALs confirmed the success of the operation on their official Facebook page, writing: '12 wild boars and coach out of the cave. Everyone is safe. Now just waiting to pick up four frogs [Navy SEALs]. Hooyah.'
The 12 boys and their coach became trapped during a visit on June 23 when monsoon floods blocked the cave exit and forced them back three miles into the mountain.
They ended up stranded on a ledge, starving in the darkness, until they were found by a team of British divers over a week later.
After days of preparation and supplying the team with necessary items, divers were finally able to make the three-day operation a success and rescue everyone.
The boys are said to be weak and ravenous of hunger, but they have since been taken to the hospital and remain in good spirits.
During the dangerous mission, one rescue diver died while transporting air tanks to the group in the cave.
Former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan was exiting the cave on Friday when he ran out of oxygen and succumbed to the powerful water.
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