Those who know Ekaphol Chantawong unsurprised former friar last-place to be rescued
For two days after rescue workers began the delicate process of guiding the young members of the Wild Boars football team out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, their coach-and-four Ekaphol Chantawong stood behind in the damp, dark chamber where he and 12 sons had been caught for more than two weeks.
Whether this was the coach’s decision or that of the recovery divers remains unknown, but those who know him say they have no doubt that the man they know as Pi Ekk( Brother Ekk) would have made sure his players had obligated it to safety first.
” After playing, he ever let all of us drink water first, and he’d drinking last-place ,” spoke Songpol Kanthawong, 13, who performed with the Wild Boars on 23 June, the day his coach-and-four and 12 of his team-mates became trapped. Songpol missed out on the cave trip because he did not have his bike with him to cycles/second to Tham Luang with the others.
” Coach Ekk always remembers of others before himself ,” he said.
While the 25 -year-old was still in the cave, Mae Sai’s police chief declined to answer media questions as to whether Chantawong would face failure indictments for returning the sons into the cave, said that he would” analyse the matter “.
In a letter written inside the cave and delivered to the parents of the Wild Boars last week, Chantawong, who has coached the team for more than three years, apologised and promised to take care of their children.
The parents wrote back:” Don’t accuse yourself … No mothers are angry with you at all, so don’t you worry about that .”
Thai media have also praised the coach’s reputation, reporting that he was once legislated as a Buddhist monk and that since leaving monasticism has invested much of his time attending for his grandmother.
During the continue save functioning, the government’s spokesman said the coach’s proximity in the cave had been a source of comfort to the boys under his watch.