Duangphet “Dom” Phromthep, 17, was found unconscious in his room on Feb. 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 U.K. where Buddhist monks performed rites at the funeral ceremony in accordance with his family’s wishes. The family watched a live video stream of the funeral in the U.K. from Chiang Rai.
Duangphet’s ashes were brought from the U.K. and handed over to his family at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on Saturday morning 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 Thai funeral for Duangphet will take place at Wat Phra That Doi Wao, less than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the Tham Luang Cave where Dom, along with his teammates and coach, were trapped for more than two weeks in 2018 before they were safely guided out by a team of expert divers.
Kaweewit Kaewjinda | AP