BANGKOK — The spouse of a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue a younger soccer staff trapped for days in a flooded cave mentioned on Thursday she missed him dearly and urged the boys to not blame themselves for his demise.
The rescued boys smiled and waved from their hospital beds within the first video clip launched on Wednesday after an ordeal that has gripped the world.
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Samarn Kunan, 38, a former member of the elite navy SEALs unit, was the one casualty in a multinational operation to avoid wasting the boys and their coach after monsoon rains trapped them within the cave they had been exploring in northern Thailand.
“I really like you a lot,” his widow, Valeepoan Kunan, wrote within the caption to a black-and-white of her husband she posted on her Instagram account.
“I miss you,” she added.
“I really like you want you’re my very coronary heart…any longer after I get up…who will I kiss?”
The world ought to keep in mind Samarn, the top of the rescue mission informed a information convention on the finish of the 17-day operation.
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“Samarn Kunan is the actual hero,” Narongsak Osottanakorn mentioned. “On the day that he handed, the complete staff was unhappy, however we used this sorrow. We noticed that he gave his life for this trigger.”
A day earlier Valeepoan posted an image of her hand clasping that of her husband.
Individuals from around the globe have provided condolences and commented on Valeepoan’s social media accounts.
“Our hearts exit to you and your loved ones at this troublesome time,” learn one remark. “Your husband is so courageous. The world won’t overlook his kindness and all he did to avoid wasting these boys.”
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A Thai artist has promised to create a statue of Samarn to be erected in Chiang Rai province, the place the Tham Luang cave is located.
Samarn, an emergency rescue employee at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after he left the SEALs in 2006, joined the cave rescue operation on July 1.
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British divers discovered the 13 younger males huddled on a muddy ledge in a partly flooded chamber contained in the cave. Samarn died on July 6 after dropping consciousness throughout a mission to position oxygen tanks deep contained in the cave, simply two days earlier than the primary group of 4 boys was introduced out.
In the course of the rescue, some Thais mentioned on social media that the soccer staff had been reckless in getting into the cave throughout the wet season. However Valeepoan absolved them of duty.
“I need to inform the boys, please don’t blame yourselves,” Valeepoan informed reporters.