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A TEEN who was one of 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave died after being found with head injuries at a football academy, an inquest heard.

Duangphet Phromthep, 17, was discovered unconscious in his dormitory at Brooke House College in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. 

The teen, who suffered a suspected head injury, tragically couldn't be saved and was later declared dead in hospital.

An inquest heard how there were "no suspicious circumstances" following his death on February 14.

A cause of death was confirmed but not revealed at the hearing.

Catherine Mason, Senior Coroner for Leicester and South Leicestershire, said enquiries were ongoing with his family and the Thai Embassy.

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She said: “An Investigation is ongoing and I am not in a position to proceed.”

Duangphet, known as Dan, was born in Thailand, with his mum Thanapron Phromthep making a plea for his "body and soul" to be taken back to the country.

She added: "We’re all so shocked but we have to accept what has happened and pray for him.”

The inquest was adjourned with a hearing set to take place on July 6.

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Duangphet was the captain of the Wild Boars when they became trapped along with their coach after venturing into the Tham Luang caves in June 2018.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost ten days.

The world was gripped as a team of 90 expert divers – 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas – battled to get them out safely in a three-day rescue mission.

Duangpetch had posted on social media last Autumn revealing his "dream" to study football in the UK had come true.

He shared photos of his time in Britain as he thanked the academy and Chico foundation for his scholarship.

After the heartbreaking news of his death was revealed, tributes flooded in for the youngster.

Prachak Sutham, one of the boys rescued in 2018, wrote: "The 13 of us have been through a lot of things together, sadness, happiness, risk of death and many difficulties together.

"You told me to wait and see when you join the national team. I always believed that you can do it.

"When we met last time before going to England, I still told you jokingly that I have to ask for your signature when I come back.

"Rest in peace, my friend. We will always be 13 of us."

Titan Chanin Viboonrungruang, another of the 12 boys, wrote: "Brother, you told me that we would be achieving our football dream… if the next world is real, I want us to play football together again, my brother Dom."

Brooke House College Principal Ian Smith said the tragedy had left the community "deeply saddened and shaken".

He added: ""We unite in grief with all of Dom's family, friends, former teammates and those involved in all parts of his life, as well as everyone affected in any way by this loss in Thailand and throughout the college's global family.

"The college is liaising with statutory authorities and the Royal Thai Embassy in London, and dedicating all resources to assist our student body, as they as young people process Dom's passing.

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"Beyond that, we are unable to comment further at this time and would ask for privacy and compassion as we continue to support the students in our care, drawing on the kindness and assistance of the Market Harborough community."

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