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Thai soccer crew mourns former Navy SEAL who died throughout rescue mission

The Thai soccer crew and coach who had been trapped in a flooded cave paid tribute Saturday to the previous Thai Navy SEAL who died in the course of the dramatic 18-day rescue mission. Volunteer diver Saman Gunan was killed on his means out of the Tham Laung cave complicated after delivering provides to the group.

Whereas nonetheless recovering at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, the boys, whose ages vary from 11 to 16, solely realized of Saman’s loss of life on Saturday.

“All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman,” Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, Thailand’s secretary for public well being, stated in an announcement to BBC Information. 

The crew noticed one minute of silence in honor of Saman, in response to Jedsada. 

The Wild Boars soccer crew and their coach with a drawing of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them.

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Photographs launched by the Thai Public Ministry confirmed the Wild Boars with their heads down and eyes closed in the course of the particular second. “Additionally they thanked him and promised to be good boys,” Jedsada stated. 

A Thai well being official stated Wednesday that the soccer gamers had misplaced weight throughout their two-week ordeal, however had water whereas they had been trapped and remained in good well being. They’re anticipated to depart the hospital on Thursday, although many are nonetheless on antibiotics.

In video messages of the boys proven at a information convention on Saturday, they had been seen carrying surgical masks — a safeguard towards an infection that is been taken for the reason that final of them had been pulled from the cave on Tuesday.

Saman, 38, retired from the Navy SEALs however supplied to be a volunteer in the course of the mission. He had been engaged within the necessary mission of serving to change oxygen canisters alongside the path to the place the boys had been sheltering to make the hours-long passage attainable. He collapsed and died on July 6 whereas diving; in response to some officers, his personal oxygen provide ran out. The previous SEAL has been honored as a nationwide hero, and his cremation ceremony was held Saturday in his house.

Saman was granted a posthumous promotion to lieutenant commander by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and given the royal ornament of Knight Grand Cross (firstclass) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, the SEALs stated Saturday on their Fb web page.

Members of "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave bow their heads after writing messages on a drawing picture of Samarn Kunan at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital

The Wild Boars soccer crew and their coach with a drawing of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them.

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