If you have been following the news, you would have followed that the Thai youth soccer team and their coach are still trapped in the cave in Northern Thailand. Rescue teams from all over the world are currently in Thailand working with Thai authorities and military to save the young boys and their team coach. Good news is at least 4 of the boys have no been rescued from the cave and the rescue mission continues. In addition, there is this sad story, but it is also a story of bravery. Former Thai Navy Seal, Sgt. Major Saman Gunan volunteered to join the rescue mission. The 38 year old hero has retired from the Navy Seals since. During one of the overnight mission placing extra air tanks inside the cave, Gunan passed out underwater and could not be revived.
“He was a very capable SEAL and a triathlete who liked adventure sports. Although he resigned from the unit, he still loved and had a good connection with all the SEALs,” the Thai Navy SEALs wrote in Thai in a Facebook post Friday, mourning the loss of Gunan. “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.”
Gunan recorded a video of himself just moments before he boarded a plane to northern Chiang Rai province to join those assisting in the rescue operations at Tham Luang Nang Non, Thailand’s longest cave. He says he wants to help “bring the boys back home.”
“Loaded all my stuff on to the plane. I’m ready to fly to Chiang Rai,” Gunan says in Thai on the self-shot video, obtained by the Associated Press.
“Supporting the frogmen who are working at Tham Luang in Chiang Rai. I’m from Suvarnabhumi Airport’s support team of the company Airports of Thailand Limited. I’m going to help support this mission,” he says. “See you at Tham Luang in Chiang Rai. May good luck be on our side to bring the boys back home.”
This is the first fatality from the rescue thus far. Gunan’s body has been sent to the naval base in Sattahib district, with the King of Thailand ordering that his funeral is conducted with full honors. Gunan is definitely a hero and one I am sure Thailand will not forget. Unlike some Western media outlets have reported Gunan didn’t die because he lacked any skills – Gunan died because he was selfless and a hero who risked his life to save others.
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