The world heaved a sigh of relief when 12 young soccer players and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand this week.
Attention soon turned to the heroes who made it all possible. Among them were volunteers of all ages and many nationalities, including a South African diver.
Briefly.co.za highlights five of these heroes and volunteers below.
1. Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.
Saman, 38, volunteered as a diver and sadly passed away inside one of the cave's chambers from lack of oxygen. The Thai government honoured him with a royal-sponsored funeral.
2. South African Leandro Nicolas Gerardo.
As Briefly.co.za recently reported, Leandro is an advanced diver currently based in Thailand and volunteered in the rescue mission. He hails from Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal.
3. Royal Thai Navy SEALs.
Even as the world's best divers descended on Thailand to help, the country's Navy SEALs proudly led the way. In fact, they were the last to leave the cave after all the boys were rescued.
4. British divers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton.
The two expert divers were the face of international assistance. According to Business Insider, they were the ones who discovered the boys.
5. Volunteers, young and old.
As divers went deep into the cave, volunteers came forward to help in other aspects, including cleanup operations. This little boy helped keep morale for the mission high.
Watch a funny animated video below from our Briefly - South Africa YouTube channel.
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