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'You are my very heart': Wife of diver who died in Thai cave mourns a hero

12 Jul 2018 euronews

The rescued boys smiled and waved from their hospital beds in the first video clip released on Wednesday after an ordeal that has gripped the world.Samarn Kunan, 38, a former member of the elite navy SEALs unit, was the only casualty in a multinational operation to save the boys and their coach after monsoon rains trapped them in the cave they were exploring in northern Thailand.An honour guard hold up a picture of Samarn Kunan as family members weep at an airport in Rayong provinceReuters“I love you so much,” his widow, Valeepoan Kunan, wrote in the caption to a black-and-white photograph of her husband she posted on her Instagram account.“I miss you,” she added. “I love you like you are my very heart...from now on when I wake up...who will I kiss?”A day earlier Valeepoan posted a picture of her hand clasping that of her husband. อยากย้อนเวลาและหยุดเวลาไว้...ตลอดไปA post shared by ยายตัวป่วน ทั้งกวน ทั้งแสบ (@valeepoan_sinmongkolsup) on Jul 9, 2018 at 6:32pm PDTThe world should remember Samarn, the head of the rescue mission told a news conference at the end of the 17-day operation.“Samarn Kunan is the real hero,” Narongsak Osottanakorn said. “On the day that he passed, the entire team was sad, but we used this sorrow. We saw that he gave his life for this cause.”People from around the world have offered condolences and commented on Valeepoan’s social media accounts.You really helped "bringing these kids home". They're safe now. Rest in Peace #SamanKunan#ThaiCaveRescue#WildBoars#Hooyah#พาทีมหมูป่ากลับบ้าน#ถ้ำหลวง— Neung Poowanai (@taneung) July 10, 2018REST IN PEACE! GOD BLESS YOU! SAMAN KUNAN, YOURE A LEGEND!— Gervasius (@jovian_bayu) July 10, 2018Let us not forget Saman Kunan, the former Thai Navy Seal who died during the cave rescue. A true hero who sacrificed his life to save the 13.— Ben Fogle (@Benfogle) July 10, 2018“Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time,” read one comment. “Your husband is so brave. The world will not forget his kindness and all he did to save those boys.”A Thai artist has promised to create a statue of Samarn to be erected in Chiang Rai province, where the Tham Luang cave is situated.Samarn Kunan is pictured in unidentified locationSamarn, an emergency rescue worker at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after he left the SEALs in 2006, joined the cave rescue operation on July 1.British divers found the 13 young men huddled on a muddy ledge in a partly flooded chamber inside the cave. Samarn died on July 6 after losing consciousness during a mission to place oxygen tanks deep inside the cave, just two days before the first group of four boys was brought out.During the rescue, some Thais said on social media that the soccer team had been reckless in entering the cave during the rainy season. But Valeepoan absolved them of responsibility.“I want to tell the boys, please don’t blame yourselves,” Valeepoan told reporters.

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