According to a report, a survivor of the cave drama in Thailand died a good four and a half years after the spectacular rescue. The teenager is said to have suffered a head injury in the UK but the exact cause of death is unclear, the BBC reported on Thursday. The teenager moved to a football academy in Leicester, England, last year at the age of 17.
Duangpetch Promthep – better known as Dom Promthep – was the captain of the youth football team that was trapped with its coach in a flooded stalactite cave for days in June 2018.
Promthep's mother informed the temple in his hometown and they posted condolences on Facebook, the BBC said. Several teammates also expressed their condolences on social media.
The spectacular cave drama has already been filmed several times and has been used in many books. Only after nine days, during which there was no sign of life from the youths and their trainer, were the group of cave divers discovered four kilometers from the entrance. The rescue became a battle against weather and time. With the help of special divers and more than 1000 helpers, all the trapped people were gradually freed from the branched cave.
As a captain, Dom Promthep had become something of a celebrity in recent years and had traveled a lot around the world, including England, Japan, Argentina and the USA. In Bangkok, the king gave a gala in his honor. The cinema film "The Cave" documented his fate, Netflix produced a mini-series.