An expert diver who helped save last summer’s team of young Thai soccer players has been missing inside a Tennessee cave.
According to the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency, authorities are preparing to send a rescuer to the underwater cave east of Nashville in search of highly experienced British diver Josh Bratchley, who was reported missing on Wednesday at about 1:17 a.m.
He was part of the elite team of international divers who plunged into a dark, underwater cave network in Thailand to rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach who were trapped in Thailand in July 2018, according to ABC News.
He recently traveled with a group from the United Kingdom to the United States specifically to explore the cave near Tennessee Tech University. Before the expedition, Jackson County EMA Public Information Officer Derek Woolbright told reporters on Wednesday that the team of five had mapped the cave and identified air pockets.
“I believe, previously that the diver was aware of [the air pockets] so it’s a very good possibility that he would seek that out once he found himself in distress,” Woolbright said. “This individual is known to be very experienced in this kind of thing.”