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Thai cave rescue boy committed suicide at UK school


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Dom, pictured far right, in the Thai cave

One of the Thai football team which was trapped underground for several days in 2018, and then miraculously rescued, committed suicide at a UK school earlier this year, an inquest has ruled.

As reported by Scuba Diver at the time, Duangphet ‘Dom' Phromthep – who was the captain of the Wild Boars soccer team and actually turned 13 while they were trapped inside Tham Luang cave – had gained a scholarship through the Thai non-profit Zico Foundation to the Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester in late-2022, when he was 17.

He was found unconscious at the college, in Market Harborough, on 12 February, and died two days later at Kettering General Hospital.

Recording a conclusion of suicide after the inquest, senior coroner Prof Catherine Mason said: “Mr Phromthep was not known to mental health services, and it is not known why he took the actions that he did.

“It could not have been foreseen or prevented. The police investigation has found no evidence of third-party involvement or suspicious circumstances.”

Brooke House College principal Ian Smith said: “Our entire college community remains united in grief with Dom's family, friends and former teammates.

“Dom will always remain a part of the Brooke House family and will be hugely missed.”

Photo credit: Royal Thai Navy

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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