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Thai rescue team diver trapped in Tennessee cave rescued

Posted: 6:34 PM, Apr 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-18 01:07:00Z
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave
Rescue effort underway for diver, member of Thailand Soccer rescue team trapped in Tennessee cave

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.