Honoring Saman Gunan

Billboard in Thailand honoring Saman Gunan (Photo: screenshot YouTube)

The world is rejoicing that the twelve boys and their coach were rescued after being trapped in the cave in Thailand.  A reported 90 rescue workers were involved, 50 internationals and 40 Thai. (Some “cutting edge” rescue technology was given by Israel.)

The narrow and tortuous cave ran up to 3.2 kilometers from the entrance to the ledge where the 13 were trapped.  Because of the narrowness of the passages and the flooding of the cave pockets on route, the rescue attempt was extremely difficult.

One person was killed in the operation: Saman Gunan, a 38 year old, former Navy Seal, and triathlon competitor. He was among those who dragged oxygen tanks to the boys, after squeezing through the rocks and diving through the water. 

On the way back, he lost consciousness. His diving partner tried to revive him but to no avail.  Saman gave his life in rescuing others.  He lost oxygen after bringing oxygen to those in the cave.  They all lived. He died.

Saman’s family seems to be of Buddhist background. Yet the example of giving one’s life for others of course reminds us of Yeshua’s message and the essence of the cross. John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.”

Thank you, Saman. We honor you, and all those who were involved in the rescue.

This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, July 11, 2018, and reposted with permission.