Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Highlights -

On July 6, 2018, for­mer Thai Navy Seal Sergeant Ma­jor Saman Gunan passed away while mak­ing his way out of the cave af­ter de­liv­er­ing three oxy­gen tanks to the boys and their coach. “He vol­un­teered to join four for­eign­ers and one Thai diver to place air tanks along the route. The for­eign divers took three hours, but he and his div­ing buddy took longer,” Thai Navy Captain Anand Su­rawan re­ported to Chan­nel NewsAsia on July 12, 2018. “Seven hours had passed and they still hadn’t emerged.”

“When we learned of Saman’s death, that af­fected the en­tire team a lot, know­ing that one of our team members had per­ished in­side the cave,” Ivan adds. Though Saman wasn’t a cave diver, he was a very well-trained for­mer Navy Seal diver, and his death made us think that if a per­son of his cal­i­bre could have an ac­ci­dent, then this could eas­ily hap­pen to us as well.

“How­ever, it also made us work very, very hard, as af­ter his death, we wanted to make sure that his sac­ri­fice was not in vain.”

Scuba Diver AUS­TRALA­SIA would like to hon­our Mr Gunan’s brav­ery and sac­ri­fice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his fam­ily.

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