Boy who was rescued from Thai cave dies in UK
Boy, 17, who was rescued from Thai cave dies in UK: Captain of football team which was trapped in cave for two weeks dies after ‘sustaining a head injury’
- Duangpetch Promthep, 17, was among the 12 boys who became trapped in 2018
- His cause of death is currently unclear but reports say he sustained a head injury
A boy who was rescued from a Thai cave in 2018 has died in the UK.
Duangpetch Promthep was among the 12 young football players on the Wild Boars team who became trapped by rising floodwaters for two weeks.
Their story and eventual rescue by a team of nearly 100 divers gripped global attention.
The cause of Promthep’s death is currently unclear, but reports say the teenager suffered a head injury. He enrolled in the Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester late in 2022 when he was 17.
Promthep was the captain of the Wild Boards (Moo Pa in Thai).
Duangpetch Promthep (pictured centre) was among the 12 young football players on the Wild Boars team who became trapped by rising floodwaters for two weeks. Their story and eventual rescue by a team of nearly 100 divers gripped global attention
He and his teammates ventured into the Tham Luang cave on June 23 2018, before they became trapped.
The boys were trapped in the complex from June 23 last year for 18 days, before they were saved by a team of specialist divers, led by British experts and Thai Navy SEALs.
It has been reported that following the cave rescue, Promthep came to the UK to play football, enrolling at Leicester’s Brooke House College Football Academy.
Breaking the news of his death on Facebook, a Buddhist monk named Supatpong Methigo said they were informed of the tragic event by his grandmother.
The monk claims that the teenager hit his head and couldn’t be saved.
They said: ‘Duangphet Phromthep has gone to a good place.’
MailOnline has reached out to the Brooke House College Football Academy for more information.
Following the rescue effort, Promthep travelled to the UK to play football
The story of Promthep and his team’s ordeal gripped the world
It is currently unclear how the teenager died
Promthep and his team shot to global fame during the 2018 ordeal which has now been commemorated in the country.
A museum dedicated to the rescue operation, a pool known as the Emerald Pool where water from the cave rescue was pumped and a statue of a former Thai Navy SEAL who tragically died during the three-week rescue operation has since been promoted as tourist attractions by the Chiang Rai provincial public relations office.
Saman Kunan, a 37-year-old former Thai Navy Seal, tragically died of asphyxiation during the rescue operation while delivering oxygen to the trapped football team.
The boys and their coach had become trapped during a visit to the complex when monsoon flood waters had blocked the mouth of the cave and pushed them back three miles into the complex.
The boys and their coach ended up stranded on a ledge, starving in the darkness, until they were found by a team of British divers over a week later.
Thousands of people were involved in the international search and rescue operation
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