Boys from Thai cave receives message from the wife of Navy seal who died: 'don't blame yourselves'

Manuela Cardiga
Jul 13, 2018
10:45 P.M.
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The wife of the heroic Thai Navy seal who died during the rescue sent the boys a message


The world rejoiced at the rescue of the 12 young Thai boys and their coach trapped by rising water in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex since the 23rd of June 2018.

Their rescue was effected by a team of Thai Navy Seals, who risked their lives time after time to bring out the boys and their coach.  

One of these men gave his life heroically to save the boys. His name was Samarn Kunan. His wife, Valeepoan Kunan, has reached out to the rescued boys with a very special message.


“Samarn Kunan is the real hero. 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.”

Narongsak Osottanakorn, Reuters, 12th of July 2018.

Samarn Kunan, 38, was the only casualty in the multinational operation to save the boys. 

He died on July 6 after losing consciousness during a mission to place oxygen tanks inside the cave, giving the team more time to rescue the children

Read more about Samarn Kunan on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.


Kunan was a former Navy SEAL, but on hearing of the danger the boys were in, he had immediately joined the rescue team.


“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.


Thai social media has accused the soccer team of recklessness for entering the low-lying cave system during the Monsoon season. 

In response to this, Valeepoan said: “I want to tell the boys, please don’t blame yourselves.”

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.