'You are my very heart': Hero cave diver's wife mourns

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

"I miss you. I love you so much; I love you like you're my very heart", reads Valeepoan's latest Instagram post.

"It's like I've died, but I'm still alive... but I use pride to repress my sadness", she told the BBC.

"You'll always be with me..." Who will I kiss?'

During the rescue, some Thais said on social media that the soccer team had been reckless in entering the cave during the rainy season. But Valeepoan absolved them of responsibility.

'I want to tell the boys, please don't blame yourselves, ' she told reporters.

Valeepoan has been posting touching messages of tribute to her late husband on her Instagram account.

'Our hearts go out to you and your family at this hard time, ' read one comment. "Your husband is so fearless".

All 12 boys and their coach have now been rescued with help from dozens of diving experts and volunteers from Thailand and around the world.

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Thailand's Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely early this morning.

"See you at Tham Luang in Chiang Rai", he says in the clip.

The boys emerged several hours after a team of 13 worldwide cave diving experts and five Thai Navy SEALs entered the cave to begin the treacherous attempt to accompany the boys one by one through the flooded, narrow tunnels. We saw that he gave his life for this cause'.

A Thai artist has promised to create a statue of Samarn to be erected in Chiang Rai province, where the Tham Luang cave is situated.

Mr Kunan, an emergency rescue worker at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport after he left the SEALs in 2006, joined the cave rescue operation on July 1.

British divers found the 13 young men huddled on a muddy ledge in a partly flooded chamber inside the cave.

Petty Officer First Class Saman Gunan died on July 6 - delivering oxygen to the 12 boys and their football coach - after he lost consciousness due to his own lack of oxygen.

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