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38 y.o.
died Fiday 6 Juky 2018

Saman Kunan, is a former Thai navy seal who died after returning from placing air tanks along the route to the boys. He died around 1am on Friday morning after he was returning from placing air tanks along the roughly 3.2km route to the boys, the current method for replenishing the air supply in the cave.

The 38-year-old set out on Thursday night last week to deliver three oxygen tanks. He completed his task, but lost consciousness on the return trip. His diving partner performed CPR but was unable to revive him. Kunan was one of about 80 Thai Navy SEALs, who made up the bulk of the divers involved in the rescue effort.

"We won't let the life lost be wasted," SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew said. "Saman once said we never knew when we would die. We can't control that, so we need to cherish every day." his widow said.


He gave his life to save the team and lost his. What we need to realize is that he left behind his wife, three young children, and his elderly parents. We should never forget that Saman Kunan lost his life trying to help save these boys. He is a hero.

He had started his dive shortly after 8.30pm on Thursday and his diving buddy tried in vain to revive him in an underground cavern after he passed out, but he was declared dead at 1am in "Chamber 3", a staging area for the rescue operation.

Kunan, who was a professionally trained diver, appeared from his Facebook page to also be an avid runner and cyclist. The tragedy was a frightening reminder of how dangerous it would be to dive the boys, in a weakened state and some unable to swim, through a labyrinth of winding, dark passages which take even fit, expert divers five hours, using four oxygen tanks, to battle through strong currents.


Fotos from: Thai Cave Rescue, Thai Rath & Facebook: Ekatol

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