CHIANG RAI, THAILAND (AP) – The cremated ashes of one of the 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in 2018 arrived in the far northern Thai province of Chiang Rai yesterday where final rites for his funeral will be held over the next few days following his death in the United Kingdom (UK).
Duangphet ‘Dom’ Phromthep, 17, was found unconscious in his room on February 12 at the Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicestershire and was taken to a hospital, where he died two days later.
Duangphet’s body was cremated earlier this week in the UK where rites were performed at the funeral ceremony in accordance with his family’s wishes. The family watched a live video stream of the funeral in the UK from Chiang Rai.
Duangphet’s ashes were brought from the UK and handed over to his family at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok yesterday before they boarded a flight to Chiang Rai.
Duangphet’s family and friends waited for the arrival of his ashes at the Chiang Rai airport. His former coach Ekapol Chanthawong, who was also trapped in the cave with him, held a large portrait of his former pupil.
Duangphet’s grandparents burst into tears as they were handed a small box containing his ashes at the Chiang Rai airport.
The funeral for Duangphet will take place at Wat Phra That Doi Wao, less than 10 kilometres from the Tham Luang Cave where Dom, along with his teammates and coach, were trapped for over two weeks in 2018.