The world is rightfully rejoicing today over the news that a dozen boys and their soccer coach are free from their underground imprisonment.
The rescue was daring and well-coordinated by the Thailand government. It was performed with precision and extraordinary care.
However, the operation wasn’t flawless. Saman Gunan died trying to save the youngsters and their coach.
Gunan was a retired Thai Navy SEAL who perished while swimming through a flooded cavern. Reports indicated that he ran out of oxygen in his SCUBA equipment.
We ought to keep this hero in our thoughts today as we ponder the remarkable event that unfolded on the world stage in real time.
May this man’s sacrifice remind the rest of us of the extreme danger into which all the rescuers thrust themselves while producing the joyous result we celebrate today.