A British diver who helped save 12 schoolboys trapped in a collapse Thailand has himself been rescued from a flooded tunnel within the US after greater than a day underground.
Josh Bratchley had been exploring a collapse Jackson County, Tennessee, with a bunch of divers from the UK.
He didn’t return to the floor with the remainder of a celebration after they emerged at round 3pm on Tuesday.
Emergency companies have been alerted and professional divers from Arkansas and Florida have been flown in and entered the 400ft cave system and efficiently introduced the diver to the floor at round 7pm on Wednesday.
“He was awake, alert and oriented,” rescue official Derek Woolbright instructed a information convention.
“His solely request when he bought to the floor was that he wished some pizza.”
Edd Sorenson, a cave specialist for the Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service who rescued the Briton, mentioned when he discovered the diver, he was ready “as calm as might be” in an air pocket.
“He simply mentioned ‘thanks, thanks. Who’re you?’ I mentioned ‘I am Edd Sorenson’, and he mentioned ‘I ought to have identified. I noticed the sidewinder’.”
Mr Sorenson mentioned: “We had a pleasant discuss, whereas he began to gear again up. He had all his gear off and was sitting within the mud.
I simply gave a play-by-play what we’ll do. I mentioned I will mainly transfer your hand from place to put, attempting to take the pondering out of it.
“Nevertheless it actually wasn’t mandatory. His psychological state was impeccable.”
A meteorologist by commerce, Mr Bratchley was a part of a workforce of British cave diving consultants who helped rescue The Wild Boars soccer workforce and their coach from a flooded collapse Thailand final June.
He was honoured at a reception held by the prime minister at Downing Road and appointed an MBE within the 2019 New Yr’s Honours listing.