Boy who survived Thai cave rescue dies from head injury in the UK

One of the 12 boys who was rescued from a Thai cave in 2018, has died in the UK.

Duangpetch Promthep, 18, is reported to have sustained a head injury, but the cause of death is not clear.

Promthep was the captain of the Thai boys’ football team, which was trapped in a cave along with their coach for two weeks in 2018.

The youngster – also known as Dom – enrolled in the Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester last year.

Some of his teammates from the cave rescue have also shared the news on their social media accounts.

The Wat Doi Wao temple posted condolences to Promthep on Facebook on Wednesday.

It said: ‘May Dom’s soul rest in peace’ alongside pictures of the team with monks.

Zico Foundation, a Thai non-profit that had helped Promthep win a scholarship to study in England, also expressed condolences on Facebook.

Promthep was part of the Wild Boars football team, that had ventured into the Tham Luang cave on 23 June 2018 and was later trapped by rising flood waters.

He was 13 then, while his teammates were aged between 11 and 16.

The boys and their coach emerged two weeks later, after a dramatic search and rescue effort involving nearly 100 Thai and foreign divers – including a specialist team from the UK.

The rescue made headlines around the world, and various films and books were later made to retell the extraordinary story, including a six-episode Netflix series.

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