Thai Boys Cry As They Pay Respects To Navy Seal Who Died Trying To Save Them

July 15, 2018

The 12 boys evacuated from the flooded cave in Thailand have paid their respects to the brave Navy Seal who lost his life trying to save them.

Thai boys cry honor seal who died in rescue
Credit: Thai Government Public Relations

The boys and their soccer coach were not told that Petty Officer Saman Kunan had drowned ahead of their dramatic three-week rescue. But now doctors have decided the boys are healthy enough to know of the 37-year-old's personal sacrifice for them.

"All of the boys cried and were in tears when they found out," said Dr. Jesada Chockbamrungsuk, who is in charge of their treatment. "The survivors expressed their thanks to the Thai Navy Seal by bowing to his picture.

The boys all promised to be a good person and lead a good life to honor him. We told them about the death of Navy Seal Kunan as part of the process of preparing the boys to go back home and to lead normal lives."

Thai boys cry honor seal who died in rescue
Credit: Thai Government Public Relations

Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to Kunan at a special ceremony attended by high ranking military officials and a representative of the king at the Wat Ban Nong Khu temple in his home town of Chatuphak Piman yesterday.

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