For the last fortnight, the whole world had been restlessly waiting to listen about the successful rescue of the Wild Boars Football team from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand.
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It sends chills of horror through our spines to even imagine that the young boys and their coach were being trapped in the flooded, grave-like caves for more than 2 weeks.
However, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Thai Navy SEALs and the international team, the group was rescued after a long wait of 18 days.
During the incredible rescue operation, one of the trapped boys played a very important role in helping save the lives of his teammates using an amazing skill.
Adul Sam-on, one of the trapped students, isn’t only known for being an academic topper in his class but also for his excellent sporting abilities. The amazing thing about the 14-year-old is his life has not been an easy one.
According to the New York Times, Adul was born in an illiterate and poor household in the territory of Myanmar – a region known for all the evils ranging from guerrilla warfare to methamphetamine trafficking and opium cultivation.
In the area where Adul was born, it was a norm to forcefully recruit young boys for the guerilla force but his parents wanted to give him a better life with education.
For this purpose, they moved him to Thailand at the age of 6 to live at a local Baptist Church in Mae Sai under the care of the pastor and his wife. Among his 5 siblings, only he was lucky to get this chance.
Adul flourished and his excellent performance in academics and sports earned him a scholarship covering his tuition and a daily lunch.
According to the New York Times, the Principal of Ban Wiang Phan School Punnawit Thepsurin praised his ‘Fighting Spirit’ and said: ‘Stateless children have a fighting spirit that makes them want to excel. Adul is the best of the best.’
The amazing skill which helped Adul play his part in the incredible rescue operation was his aptitude for languages.
Even at his small age, Adul is fluent in Thai, English, Burmese, Wa, and Mandarin.
So, it was Adul who acted as a translator to convey the most crucial needs of his team when the British divers discovered them. Adul made it clear to them how long they had survived and what they needed most urgently.
He continued to act as a communicator even in the later stages of operation. When other boys tried to communicate to the divers in inconsistent English, it was Adul who helped clarify their points.
Adul’s parents wanted him to maintain good manners even in such critical situation. According to the New York Times, they sent him the following note in the cave: ‘After you come out of the cave, you have to say thank you to every single officer.’
Adul’s parents will be even more proud when they come to know about the role he played in the rescue operation.
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