BANGKOK — One of many 12 boys rescued from a flooded collapse Thailand in 2018 after being trapped for greater than two weeks has died in England, the place he was attending a sports activities academy, the inspiration sponsoring his research stated Wednesday.
Duangphet “Dom” Phromthep, 17, was discovered unconscious in his room on Sunday on the Brooke Home Faculty Soccer Academy in Leicestershire and was taken to a hospital, the place he died Tuesday, Thailand’s Zico Basis stated. The varsity additionally confirmed his demise.
“This occasion has left our faculty group deeply saddened and shaken,” college principal Ian Smith stated in a press release. “We unite in grief with all of Dom’s household, pals, former teammates and people concerned in all elements of his life, in addition to everybody affected in any approach by this loss in Thailand and all through the school’s world household.”
The top of the Zico Basis, former Thai nationwide workforce captain and coach Kiatisuk Senamuang, stated in a web based information convention that he didn’t know the reason for demise and that Dom had apparently been in good well being.
Dom was the captain of the Wild Boars, a youth soccer workforce within the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai. Twelve members of the workforce aged 11 to 16 and their coach had been exploring the Tham Luang cave advanced in June 2018 after they had been trapped by quickly rising floodwaters. An enormous search and rescue operation was launched that concerned worldwide divers.
The boys spent 9 nights misplaced within the cave, dwelling on little or no meals and water, earlier than a diver noticed them deep within the twisting cave advanced huddled on a patch of filth above the rising water line. The second was captured on video and shortly broadcast to the world.
It was one other eight days earlier than all had been safely rescued. A workforce of knowledgeable divers guided every of the boys out of the cave on particular stretchers after anesthetizing them to maintain them calm sufficient to move. The operation required putting oxygen canisters alongside the trail the place the divers maneuvered by darkish, tight and twisting passageways stuffed with muddy water and powerful currents.
Dom’s mom, who joined the web information convention, stated she hoped a Buddhist monk in England may conduct rites for Dom so his spirit wouldn’t be trapped the place he died in accordance with Buddhist beliefs.
The story of the Wild Boars, which was coated intensely by worldwide media, has been retold in a number of motion pictures, together with Ron Howard’s 2022 characteristic movie “13 Lives” and the 2021 documentary “The Rescue.”