THAILAND CAPTAIN FOOTBALL FROM THAILAND CAVE RESCUE DIES IN UNITED KINGDOM
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 15, 2023): One of 12 boys dramatically rescued from a Thai Cave in 2018 has died at a school in Britain, authorities said on February 15, 2023.
Duangpetch Promthep, 17 years old was captain of the Wild Boars football team that was stranded in floodwaters in the cave in northern Thailand in June year 2018.
The nail-biting 18-day rescue effort made headlines across the globe and has since inspired movies, documentaries and books.
He was awarded a football scholarship to study at Brooke House College in Leicestershire, central England, last year (2022).
" Today may dream came true," Duangpetch wrote on Instagram in August 2022. " I will focus and do my best."
Leicestershire police said they were called to the boarding school on Sunday over concerns for the welfare of a pupil, who they did not name in line with police protocols in the United Kingdom.
" The pupil- a 17-year-old boy - was taken to hospital. He has since died," the force said, adding his death was " not being treated as suspicious".
Mark Gooding, Britain's ambassador in Bangkok, tweeted his condolences to Duangpetch's family.
Thailand charity Zico Foundation, which helped him secure the scholarship, also expressed condolences to his family on Facebook, as did a team-mate who was rescued from the cave.
Reports in Thailand said Duangpetch has slipped over and suffered a head injury, and was in hospital on a respirator for two (2) days before he died.
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