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Thai rescue team diver trapped in Tennessee cave rescued

Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 21:07:00-04

GAINESBORO, Tenn. — A trapped diver from the United Kingdom has been safely rescued Wednesday evening in Jackson County, Tennessee.

Josh Bratchley was rescued just before 7 p.m. at the Mill Pond Cave in Gainesboro.

Bratchley was evaluated by medical crews on scene and refused medical treatment.

Bratchley was one of the rescue divers who saved a Thailand Soccer team from a cave last year.

Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Jackson County 911 received a call about an unaccounted-for man in the area of Mill Pond Cave at Flynn's Lick of Gainesboro.

Responders on the scene learned a group of tourists from the United Kingdom had been diving in and exploring the Mill Pond Cave for the past few days.

When the tourists returned from a dive around 3 p.m. Tuesday, they could not account for one of the members of their group. They attempted another dive to find their missing friend prior to calling 911.

A press conference will be held later Wednesday.