'The hero in my heart': wife mourns dead Thai Navy SEAL

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

Waleeporn said Saman loved helping others, doing charity work and "getting things done".

Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, Smith said: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly".

She said she had discussed death with the man she "loved so much".

When news of his death broke, the Thai king said Saman would have a funeral with full honours. "We can't control that, so we need to cherish every day", she said.

Now he was gone, it was as if she too had died.

"But I use pride to repress my sadness", she added.

Waleeporn Gunan talked to the BBC about her husband, who died while trying to rescue the boys from Tham Luang cave.

Scott, who's married to a Thai woman and spends three months a year in Thailand, said they were not pressuring people over the interviews. "I want to tell you honey, you are the hero in my heart, you always were and always will be".

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Wichai Gunan said he was sad but proud.

"May you rest in peace". Thanks to the rigorous efforts of Thai Navy SEALs and the volunteer teams from all over the world, all the boys have been safely rescued -which called for the global celebrations.

"Although he resigned from the unit, he still loved and had a good connection with all the SEALs".

"We won't let the life lost be wasted", SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew said.

"The determination and dedication of Saman will always be in all of our frogmen hearts. Rest well. Daddy loves you". "We will complete the mission for you".

As the world rejoiced at the news that eight boys had been helped out of the cave safely as of press time, our thoughts and prayers return to former Navy Seal Saman Kunan, who died while transporting air tanks into the cave to be used by divers extracting the trapped boys.

He recorded a video of himself just before he left for northern Chiang Rai province to join the rescue effort.

"See you at Tham Luang in Chiang Rai".

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