Trapped for two weeks after a sudden downpour turned their underground adventure into a nightmare, the group were guided one-by-one along the flooded four kilometre passage back to the cave’s entrance.
As they recover in hospital, the world is hailing the work of the international rescue team led by Thai Navy SEALs who, after the group was discovered on July 2, scoped the route to freedom and prepared the boys for the dangerous journey that was to come.
But most of all, the world is remembering the man who lost his life so they could be free: Petty Officer First Class Saman Kunan.
The highly experienced diver died on July 6 while on a mission to deliver three oxygen tanks to the trapped team. According to local authorities, the 37-year-old lost consciousness on his return journey due to lack of oxygen.
His diving partner attempted to revive him, but to no avail.
Saman's wife, Waleeporn, told the BBC she is struggling to come to terms with her husband's death.
“It’s like I’ve died, but I’m still alive," she said.
“He loved helping others, doing charity work and getting things done. So I use pride to help deal with my sorrow.
“I loved him so much. I really loved him."
Waleeporn spoke about the strength of their relationship and the affection they would show each other daily.
“Every day before he left for work we said we loved each other. At midday we’d text each other to see if the other had had lunch. In the evening when he got home, I would ask him how he was," she said.