Sunday, 13 October, 2019

British diver who helped rescue Thai cave boys gets trapped in cave

Josh Bratchley an experienced diver and meteorologist was reported missing after he failed to resurface from a cave in the US GettyJosh Bratchley an experienced diver and meteorologist was reported missing after he failed to resurface from a cave in the US
Patty Aguilar | 18 April, 2019, 20:27

The British Cave Rescue Council said Bratchley aided the effort in Thailand.

Josh Bratchley, a cave diver from the United Kingdom, was among the personnel who helped them escape. He said they went back in to find him but could not. After emerging from the cave after his 28-hour ordeal, Bratchley declined medical care-but asked for pizza.

Sorenson recapped the rescue during a news conference.

"There were broken lines and it was a very silty, unsafe low cave".

"They were replacing that [line] so when I got in just a short distance, maybe 150 feet, there was just line floating everywhere". Authorities said he was successfully rescued around an hour later.

Bratchley was said to be found inside an "air bell" in the cave, which is an enclosed space between the cave's roof and the water surface that luckily contained enough air for the diver to survive, ABC News reports.

"I probably could have been to him sooner, but I was checking every nook and cranny and crevice for a body."
I popped up off the surface and he was right in front of me.

"He said 'Thank you, thank you. Thank you. Who are you?"'

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Rescuer Edd Sorrenson said he found Bratchley's waiting in one of the air pockets in a conscious and stable condition.

Bratchley was able to get himself out of the water, saving him from hypothermia.

Officials say his mental status helped keep him alive as he waited for help.

"I had to go in slowly, trying not to stir it up so we'd have the best possible visibility we could have coming out".

"They are our biggest asset as to getting us information about the cave, about how it's laid out", said Burris.

Specialty divers were summoned to the area to assist the rescue mission and plunged beneath the surface at around 6pm on Wednesday, Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Services said.

'It's incredible to be recognized in such a way and all of us on the team are extremely appreciative of all the support that we've received from family, friends, cavers, divers, colleagues and strangers alike, ' he said at the time.

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