British Cave Diver Rescued

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Published on April 19, 2019 -

British Cave Diver Rescued

A British Cave Diver helped rescue boy scouts in Thailand.

But when he was diving in Tennessee this week, rescuers had to come for HIM.

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British Cave Diver Rescued

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A british cave diver, who was part of the thailand soccer team rescue operation, gets rescued himself, this time in tennessee.

Roughly 24-hours later he is now back on dry land.

News 12's taylor bishop joins us live in studio with the details.

It's a rescue mission with a happy ending... british diver josh bratchley disappeared inside of mill pond cave tuesday afternoon.

Without the assistance of local dive teams, they say that he may not have made it.

Josh bratchley and four other divers were exploring a cave more than 60 miles northeast of nashville tuesday.

Bratchley got separated from the group... losing contact with the rope guiding him through water, where there was no visibility.

"it's just a lot of ups and downs, jagged rock turns, silty, low low low visibility."

Bratchley is not just an experienced cave diver.

He was a member of the elite group of british rescuers in july who successfully pulled twelve youth soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in thailand.

But now bratchley was trapped in a cave that presented special challenges.

"the whole time i was looking up in all the crevices, um, what little visibility i had, looking for a body.

Because i really thought it was going to be a body recovery."

Bratchley had been trapped for more than a day... but sorenson guided him out in less than an hour.

"he was covered head to toe in mud.

He looked, i mean, there wasn't a spot on his body that wasn't mud.

His face was muddy, his helmet was muddy."

Bratchley was evaluated by doctors at the scene, but appeared alert and awake and refused any treatment.

Live in studio taylor bishop news 12 now.

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