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Duangpetch Promthep, Wild Boars Team Leader, Passes Away in UK After Thai Cave Rescue

15 February 2023, Wednesday
Duangpetch Promthep, one of the dozen boys who saw their rescue from a Thai cave in 2018, passed away in the UK.

He was noticed unresponsive in his dorm on Sunday and later taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday, according to residents from his hometown.

Since late last year, Duangpetch had been studying at a football academy in the UK.

Prior to his death, he had assumed the position of captain of a football team from Thailand, who had been held up for more than two weeks when exploring an area in Chiang Rai.

The unforgettable image of Promthep, his emaciated yet beaming face illuminated by a diver's light after the boys were found in the cave, has been forever marked in memory from the incredible rescue mission.

In August of the following year, his teammates shared in his celebration as he announced on Instagram that he had been awarded a scholarship to Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicestershire. "My dream has come true today," he wrote. 

Regrettably, just half a year later, his friends now mourn his passing.

News about his passing was disclosed when his mom advised the Wat Doi Wao sanctuary in his origination in Chiang Rai, which the team regularly visited. "May Dom's spirit rest in peace," the post said, including pictures of the football team with priests.

Presently, messages of sympathy began coming in from his team mates.

"You instructed me to sit tight and observing you perform for the public group, I generally felt that you could do it," composed Prachak Sutham, one of the young men who were spared with Promthep in 2018.

Promthep had studied in Vachiralai Bee School in Chiang Mai before departing for the UK. A passionate football enthusiast, he had been a part of a youth team in the same city. When his friends learnt about his death, they took to social media to post messages in his memory.

One of them, Pravit Panyosap, wrote: “When we met prior to your departure for England, I jokingly said that I would have to ask for your autograph when you come back. Sleep well, my dear friend. We will always have 13 of us together.”

Titan Chanin Viboonrungruang, another of the boys, said: “You told me that we would be achieving our football dream. You are one of the persons that push and inspire me to become better. If the afterlife is real, I want us to play football together again, my brother Dom.”

His Instagram account displays a lot of posts related to football, often with the hashtag #footballismylife. His most recent post in January consists of a sketch of his "dream team's football kit" which comes complete with a jersey, shorts, socks and shoes with blue and pink stripes.

After their football practice on June 23, 2018, Promthep and his Wild Boars team got on their bicycles and made their way to Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai. This cave system, one of Thailand's four largest, was a familiar spot to the team. However, a sudden storm caused the cave's small passages to become submerged with water, leaving the boys and their coach unable to leave. For nine days, as 10,000 people searched tirelessly, the group was stranded with no light or nourishment. The daring rescue mission came to a successful end when divers eventually located them.

Promthep was 13 years of age while he was detained inside the cavern. His companions had ages somewhere in the range of 11 and 16 at that point, while their mentor Ekkaphon Kanthawong was 25.

The young people utilized stones to move gaps in the aim of getting away, while their teacher instructed them reflection strategies to help them remain quiet and utilize as meager air as could reasonably be expected. Jumpers sent them food and letters from their family even as they arranged the safeguard.

They were in the long run brought out of the cave subsequent to being anesthetized with the medication ketamine.

The salvage made features around the globe, and different movies and books were later made to retell the remarkable story, including a six-section miniseries that Netflix delivered a year ago.
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