Valeepoan Kunan, the widow of Saman Kunan — the ex-Navy SEAL who lost his life during the rescue of 12 young soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave — has posted heartfelt messages to her late husband on Instagram.
Kunan has uploaded multiple photos of Saman to Instagram, each expressing how much she misses her husband, who was the only casualty in a multinational operation to save the boys and their coach after monsoon rains trapped them in the cave they were exploring in northern Thailand.
In a post on July 7 — just one day after Kunan’s death — she said: “You’ll always be with me … there’s no one like you … if you’re not with me, I don’t want to go on breathing … because we promised each other we would use the same breathe.”
“I love you so much. I miss you. I love you like you are my very heart … from now on when I wake up … who will I kiss?” ” his widow, Valeepoan Kunan, wrote in the caption to a black-and-white photograph of her husband she posted on Instagram on Thursday.
Kunan, an emergency rescue worker at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, joined the cave rescue operation on July 1. After the team was found on July 2, Kunan died on July 6 after losing consciousness during a mission to place oxygen tanks deep inside the cave. Two days later, on July 8, just two days before the first group of four boys was brought out.
After over two weeks trapped two miles inside a northern Thailand cave, all twelve of the players and their coach were rescued.
“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, the head of the rescue mission, said.