As the world celebrates the heroic rescue effort that freed 12 young soccer players and their coach from a small ledge four kilometres inside a flooded cave in Thailand, many are taking time to remember the one volunteer who gave his life to the rescue effort.
Saman Gunan was a former Thai Royal Navy SEAL who volunteered to dive into the cave leaving air tanks along the route for the other divers working to get the boys out and for the boys and their coach as well.
The route in to the boys was so narrow that normal sized air tanks wouldn’t be able to pass through on the back of a diver.
So, smaller air tanks were left along the route so that rescuers could change tanks as they needed while swimming to the boys.
According to those who knew him, Petty Officer Gunan was so dedicated to the task at hand and such a determined individual, that he wouldn’t leave the cave until his job was completed.
Unfortunately, on his last dive, he was so intent on finishing his task that he lost track of his own air supply and ran out while still deep inside the cave.
Petty Officer Saman Gunan was 38, he will be honoured with a full military funeral.
Not all heroes were capes.
Rest in peace Petty Officer and thank you.