Authorities announced Wednesday that one of the 12 boys who were trapped in a cave in Thailand for over two weeks and had been rescued by rescuers, has now died in Britain. He was a student on a football scholarship.
Duangpetch Promthep (17 years old) was found unconscious in his bedroom at Brooke House College Football Academy, Leicestershire. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
The school and the Zico Foundation of Thailand confirmed Dom’s death. They funded Dom’s studies. Although the cause of Dom’s death is not known, Leicestershire police stated that it was not considered suspicious.
School is Completely Shaken by the Death of Duangpetch “Dom” Promthep
Ian Smith, the principal of Brooke House College, said it was “devastated” and the college community “deeply saddened and shaken” by his death.
He added, “We unite with Dom’s family, friends, and former teammates in our grief, as well as all those affected by the loss in Thailand.”
In an online news conference, Kiatisuk Senamuang (ex-coach and captain of the Thai national team) stated that he didn’t know the cause of Dom’s death but that Dom was apparently in good health.
Dom’s mother joined the online news conference and said that she hoped that a Buddhist monk from England would perform rites for Dom, so that his spirit wouldn’t be trapped in the place he died, according to Buddhist beliefs.
Dramatic Rescue In 2018
Dom was captain of the Wild Boars youth football team from Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.
The twelve members of the group, aged between 11 and 16, were on their way to explore the Tham Luang caves with their coach when the floodwaters rose rapidly.
Nine days later, they were discovered in a flooded chamber located 4 km (2.5 miles) away from the entrance to the caves. They were safe and sound for eight more days.
The Wild Boars story made international headlines and inspired many documentaries, movies, and books.