The world is celebrating the successful rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach who spent over two weeks in a flooded cave in Thailand.
But there was one casualty — a former Thai Navy SEAL who died after entering the cave to lay oxygen tanks along the exit route.
Saman Gunan (alternatively spelled Kunan) has been remembered by his family and people around the world as a hero.
About Saman Gunan –
Petty Officer Saman Gunan (aged 38, died 6 June 2018) was a retired Thai Navy diver who lost consciousness and died during the Tham Luang cave rescue in the Chiang Rai region of Thailand as part of a rescue mission to save twelve trapped boys and their football coach.
Rear Admiral Arpakorn remarked about Gunan “I can guarantee that we will not panic, we will not stop our mission, we will not let the sacrifice of our friend go to waste.
Wife Interview –
THE wife of former Navy Seal Saman Gunan — the only person not to survive the cave drama — has paid an emotional tribute to the man she calls “the hero in my heart”.
The 38-year-old was working as a volunteer when he lost consciousness underwater during the rescue mission late last week as he placed extra air tanks inside the cave. His death sparked fears there was no way the 12 boys and their soccer coach would make it out of the northern Thailand cave system alive.
They did though, late last night, and the whole world appears to be celebrating some rare good news.
“Everyday before we left for work, we said we loved each other,” Mrs Gunan said. “At midday, we would text to see if the other had lunch.”
Early today, rescue mission chief and Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said Mr Gunan was the “hero of the Tham Luang cave”, which was met with a huge cheer.
“He was a very capable SEAL and a triathlete who liked adventure sports.” the Thai Navy SEALs wrote in a Facebook post Friday, after Mr Gunan’s death had been announced.
“Although he resigned from the unit, he still loved and had a good connection with all the SEALs.
“Even the last part of his life, 1st Petty Officer Saman left us and this world while working with the SEAL brothers who are also trying to go forward and complete the mission as planned.
“His determination and good intention will always be in the heart of all SEAL brothers. Today, you get some good rest. We will complete the mission for you.”
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