In one of the most inspiring rescue missions the world has ever seen, some are questioning--was it a miracle, or science? The 18-day ordeal, which at times teetered between grief and elation, has ended with newspaper headlines such as "World's Prayers Answered." About 1,000 people were involved in this perilous mission that gripped the globe.

British divers found the 13 members of the Wild Boars soccer team starving and huddled in a dank, pitch-black, partly flooded, muddy chamber nearly two miles inside the Tham Luang cave complex.

Relatives performed morning prayer rituals in which they called out for the missing children and their coach. They played drums and gongs, and two relatives held fishing nets as a symbolic way to "fish out" lost spirits from the cave. At evening prayer sessions, parents and millions around the world prayed for their safe return.

At the cave's archway, a group walked inside the entrance, voicing their prayers that echoed  off the walls. And then the Thai Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page, "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are out of the cave," adding all were safe.

So now that the mission is complete, I have to ask you: was this a miracle, science or a little bit of both?

I believe the latter.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


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