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Lest we forget: Thai media heralds brave diver “Sam” who died as millions donated to his family

Amid the national and worldwide euphoria after the successful cave rescue drama comes the stark reminder that all members of the rescue team did not make it out alive.

Former Navy Seal Saman Kunan died on Friday while replenishing air canisters for the massive rescue effort.

Saman – known affectionately as Officer Sam – will forever be in the memory of not just the survivors but all people who have followed the seventeen day drama at the Tham Luang cave complex.

Thai media Sanook paid tribute to Sam in an article yesterday and noted that millions of baht had been raised for his family.

They said that Sam’s fervent hope was that all the Wild Boar boys and their coach would make it out alive despite the obvious difficulties and clear dangers.

“We hope that you are looking down from somewhere and see the great joy that your incredible sacrifice has brought,” they said.

“You are a hero to the Thai people and we love you and respect you for what you have done”.

A run was conducted called “Run for Saman 060718”. Famed presenter Kalamae Patcharasri Benjamas said on Instagram that 3,565,416 baht was raised for the family of the hero.

The money is set to be presented to Sam’s family in a ceremony sure to focus the Thai and international community once again on the actions of the tireless rescue personnel in bringing the drama to a successful conclusion.

Here at Thaivisa we say: Sam we salute you.

Sanook

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