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Captain of boys’ football team rescued from Thai cave in 2018 dies in UK

After being trapped in a cave in Thailand for two weeks, one of the 12 boys was rescued and rescued. He later died in hospital in the UK.

Duangphet Phromthep was the captain of the soccer team that got into trouble while exploring caves in Chiang Rai. He is said to have suffered a head injury.

His death circumstances are not known, but his mother informed Wat Phra Than Doi Wao temple in his northern Thailand of the news.

The temple posted a Facebook message saying: “May Dom’s soul rest in Peace.”


‘We unite in grief’

The teenager was enrolled at Brooke House College in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, late last year.

Ian Smith, the principal of the college, released the following statement: “Brooke House College is shocked to confirm that our student, Duangphet Phromthep (known as Dom) died yesterday in hospital.

“This tragedy has shaken and saddened our college community.

“We join in our grief with Dom’s friends, family, and former teammates, as well as all those affected by the loss in Thailand and across the college’s global community.

“The college will be liaising closely with the Royal Thai Embassy London and other statutory authorities, and will dedicate all resources to our student body as they process Dom’s death.

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Image: Brooke House College, Leicestershire, after the death of Duangphet Phromthep

The Zico Foundation, a non-profit organization that helped Dom get a scholarship in England posted a message to “express their condolences”.

Others from the team who were rescued from the cave also left tributes on social networks.

Dom was 13 years old when he, his Wild Boars team and their coach explored the Tham Luang Nang Non caves system in June 2018.

After the divers, aged between 11-16 years old, were trapped by rising floodwaters, a rescue effort was initiated that involved Thai and foreign divers.

Image First picture of the team taken by divers

Two kilometres underground, the young football players and their 25 year-old coach were found.

After 18 days, the team was finally saved by a massive rescue operation that involved specialist divers and Thai Navy SEALs.

They were followed around the world, and their story was made into books and a Netflix Series.


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