Diver Who Helped Save Thai Team Rescued From Tenn. Cave

The man, Josh Bratchley, was included in the Queen's Honors List for his role in saving the members of a youth soccer team last year

Emergency crews in northern Tennessee on Wednesday night safely retrieved a British cave diver who was part of the dramatic rescue of a Thai youth soccer team last year.

A diver safely retrieved Josh Bratchley from the Mill Pond Cave system near Gainesboro in Jackson County, about 65 miles northeast of Nashville, authorities said. Bratchley — who was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in December for his role in the Thai rescue last summer — was in good shape and refused medical treatment, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Bratchley was with a small team of British divers who have been exploring the cave system for two or three days, said Ethan Burris, a spokesman for the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency.

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