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Northern Tennessee emergency herds on Wednesday night probably picked up a British cave diver who was part of the dramatic rescue of a Thai youth team last year.
A diver surely picked up Josh Bratchley from the Mill Pond Cave system near Gainesboro in Jackson County, about 65 miles northeast of Nashville, the authorities said. Bratchley – who joined the British Empire Order in December for his role in Thai rescue last summer – was in good shape and rejected medical care, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Bratchley was with a small team of British divers who have explored the hole system for two or three days, says Ethan Burris, a spokesman for the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency.
The group called 911 shortly after midnight Tuesday, when members noted that Bratchley was unjustified after their last dive on Tuesday afternoon, Burris said. Burris said the group's members were waiting to call 911 because they were looking for their colleague himself.
A trained diver was sent into the hollow system around kl. Wednesday and found Bratchley in an hour later, the authorities said.
Lt. Brian Krebs, a cave rescue specialist for Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service members, who were flown in by the Highway Patrol State to assist in the rescue – said the diver who rescued specialists on Wednesday night was about 400 feet long through a tight passage.