FILE PHOTO: Diver Josh Bratchley, centre, from the rescue mission, which helped to save 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, arrives back at London's Heathrow Airport.
Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images
Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images

Cave rescuer needed to be rescued himself after getting separated from group

Josh Bratchley is a professional diver from Britain who helped bring 12 boys and their coach to the surface after spending more than a week trapped in a cave in Thailand, The New York Times reported.

This time it was Bratchley who was trapped Tuesday, in a cave in Jackson County, Tennessee.

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Edd Sorenson reached Bratchley and said he found the man covered head to toe in mud Wednesday, but was calm, the Times reported.

Bratchley had entered the cave more than a day earlier with four other divers, but had become separated from the group and line they were using to navigate through low-visibility of the 400-foot-long, water-filled cavern. The line was broken, Sorenson told the Times.

Bratchley had no food or water while trapped underground in an air pocket. When he came to the surface, the first thing he wanted was pizza, CNN reported.

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