'The hero in my heart': wife mourns dead Thai Navy Seal

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

"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.

After more than two weeks (almost 17 days) of rescue operation, all the 12 junior soccer players and their coach were successfully evacuated from the cave.

However, he lost consciousness underwater and although a dive buddy tried to administer first aid to revive him, he did not succeed.

Saman was part of a rescue team made up of divers from some 50 countries, including Australia.

"It's like I've died, but I'm still alive", she told the BBC.

The bowels of Tham Luang cave are described as being pitch-black with near-zero visibility.

"Everyday before we left for work, we said we loved each other", Mrs Gunan said. "He's been praised as a hero because of who he was", adding that her late husband loves to help others and do charity work. "I want to tell you honey, you are the hero in my heart, you always were and always will be".

We do not have details about their exact condition, but this extraordinary rescue mission now appears to have come to an end.

His funeral was held at a temple in the province of Roi Et in eastern Thailand, where friends, family and colleagues paid their respects. "Rest well. Daddy loves you".

Thai soldiers walk away from Tham Luang cave after the rescue effort was complete.

Waleeporn revealed her heartbreak over her husband's death as he volunteered helping to save the soccer team.

"Saman once said we never knew when we would die, we can't control that, so we need to cherish every day".

Jubilant Acting Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Ostanakorn thanked the Thai people and the government their support after the successful Thai cave rescue.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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