ONE star aided rescue of Thai children trapped in cave
Undefeated ONE Championship strawweight contender Pongsiri Mitsatit is training for a fight vs. Team Lakay's Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio on July 27 at ONE: REIGN OF KINGS in Manila, Philippines. However, Mitsatit is also a member of the Pingnakorn Rescue Chiang Mai volunteer group. When bicycles belonging to twelve missing boys and their soccer coach were found by an entrance to a Chiang Rai cave complex, Mitsatit leaped at the opportunity to aid the rescue mission. Navy divers and volunteer rescue teams, including Mitsatit’s unit, worked together, traversing murky waters, treacherous cave chambers, and narrow passageways.
"We drove to Chiang Rai in the early morning, worried about the children," said Mitsatit to Thailand's The Nation. "But I knew our team was very capable, and I knew we would do everything we could to find them. Many people from all over the world came to help, it was a joint effort and a great sight to see everyone coming together for a common goal.”
“I feel incredibly blessed to be able to help find these kids alive. It didn’t matter if I was in training for a big fight, I wanted to do everything I could to help those boys. This was bigger than everything else. The British divers saw them first and sent back photos and videos, I was so relieved. Just seeing them alive and well, it makes my heart feel full.”
“When we are given the ability to help others who are in dire need, we must do everything we can. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, we do what we can. In my mind, I wanted to find those kids as soon as possible. Then to see them strong and doing well, it motivates me to be as strong as them.”
"I would do anything if it meant saving those boys."
You can watch Pongsiri Mitsatit work on July 27, live and free on the ONE Championship Super App.