Teenager who survived Thai cave rescue dies in UK

Thailand cave rescue: Boys wave from their hospital beds

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Duangpetch Promthep, one of the 12 boys who was rescued from a Thai cave in 2018, has died in Britain. While the cause of his death remains unclear, Mr Promthep reportedly suffered from a head injury. He was the captain of the Thai boys’ football team, which was trapped for two weeks along with their coach while exploring the six-mile Tham Luang cave in the Doi Nang Non mountain range on 23 June, 2018.


He was 17 when he enrolled in the Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester late last year.

The Wat Doi Wao temple in Promthep’s hometown of Chiang Rai, where the team frequently visited, has been informed by his mother of his death. The news has also been posted on social media by a few of his cave rescue team members.

The temple sent Promthep, commonly known as Dom, condolences via Facebook. The post included images of the football team with monks and read: “May Dom’s soul rest in peace.”

The Zico Foundation, a Thai charity that had assisted Promthep in obtaining a scholarship to study in England, also expressed condolences.

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