Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, has offered prayerful support for the young people trapped in the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand, as well as for their friends and families and all those involved in the rescue operation.
Archbishop Martin tweeted his support on Monday 9 July saying, ‘“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord” – people all over Ireland are praying for those involved in the Thailand cave rescue mission, for those trapped, their friends and families’
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord” – people all over #Ireland are praying for those involved in the #Thailandcave rescue mission, for those trapped, their friends and families @WMOF2018 pic.twitter.com/pCcKcqCye3
— Eamon Martin (@ArchbishopEamon) July 9, 2018
The twelve boys, aged 11 to 17, and their 25 year old football coach became stranded in the cave on 23 June as heavy rainfall flooded the entrance to the cave. Over nine days after their disappearance, the team were found on 2 July and rescue operations began.
More than 1,000 people were involved in the rescue operation, including Thai Navy SEALs, and volunteers and technical assistance teams from multiple countries. One death occurred as part of the operation of Saman Kunan, a 38-year-old former Thai SEAL.
On 10 July, it was reported that all of the boys and their coach had been rescued from the cave.