Boy who was rescued from a Thai cave dies in the UK

CHIANG RAI, THAILAND - JULY 18: On July 18, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand, twelve boys from the soccer team "Wild B...

One of the 12 boys who were rescued from a Thai cave in 2018 has passed away in the UK. His name was Duangpetch Promthep. .

The teenager reportedly suffered a head injury, though the exact cause of death is unknown.

When he was 17 years old, he enrolled in the Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester.

The Thai boys' football team, led by Promthep, spent two weeks trapped in a cave with their coach while spelunking in the Chiang Rai province.

His mother informed the team at the Wat Doi Wao temple in his hometown of Chiang Rai. The news has also been posted on social media by a few of his cave rescue team mates.

On Wednesday, the temple sent Promthep, also known as Dom, condolences via Facebook. The post included images of the football team with monks and read, "May Dom's soul rest in peace.".

On Facebook, the Zico Foundation, a Thai charity that had assisted Promthep in obtaining a scholarship to study in England, also posted its condolences.

Promthep was a member of the Wild Boars football team, known in Thai as Moo Pa, which entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23, 2018, only to become trapped by oncoming floodwaters.

At the time, he was 13 while his teammates ranged in age from 11 to 16.

After a dramatic search and rescue operation that involved almost 100 Thai and foreign divers, the boys and their coach were found two weeks later. They were saved while under the effects of the sedative ketamine.

One of the team's favorite destinations was Tham Luang, the fourth-largest cave system in Thailand.

The extraordinary story of the rescue gained worldwide attention, and many books and films were later produced to retell it, including a six-episode miniseries that was released by Netflix last year.

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