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Diver who saved Thai soccer team saved from Tennessee cave

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 1:42 pm - Survival training likely played a key role in Bratchley's successful recovery.

A diver who helped rescue a group of boys and their coach from a flooded Thai cave in July has been rescued from a Tennessee cave.

Josh Bratchley, a U.K. resident, was stranded for about 28 hours.

Bratchely told rescuers he was in good health and refused medical treatment. He was retrieved from the Mill Pond Cave system near Gainsboro, WRBC reports.

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Bratchley was exploring the flooded system with four other divers when he became separated from the team.

He kept himself alive by immersing himself in a large air pocket.

"[Bratchley] did not panic," Brian Krebs, a cave rescue specialist for the Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service told WRCB.

"Most of everything he did today was in his head, and he controlled that very, very well."

Bratchley was part of a 12-person U.K. crew that helped to rescue a youth soccer team and coach who spent seventeen days stranded in a flooded Thai cave.

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