Boy who survived in Thai cave dies in England

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Duangphet Phromtep is in the center of this photo from 2018
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One of the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand in 2018 has died in England. Duangphet “Dom” Phromtep attended a football school in Leicestershire. He was found unconscious in his student room on Sunday. He was taken to hospital and died there Tuesday.

It is unclear what Dom died of. British police do not suspect a crime.

Large-scale rescue operation

Dom was twelve years old when his 25-year-old coach took him and his teammates to the Tham Luang caves in Thailand. While they were exploring the caves, they were surprised by heavy rainfall. The cave filled with water and the boys got trapped.

The twelve boys and their coach managed to survive nine days on a muddy pile above the water before being discovered by a diver.

The large-scale rescue operation received worldwide media attention. The boys had to navigate a difficult underwater route through narrow passages, over sharp rocks and with fast currents. It took nearly three weeks for divers to pull the soccer team out of the cave unharmed.

Star player

Last year, a six-part Netflix documentary about the events of 2018 came out. Some of the guys got scholarships abroad. Dom was awarded a scholarship to Brooke House College Football Academy as captain and star player of the team in England. He turned seventeen years old.

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