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Richard Stanton

Civilian Cave Diver, Played Leading Role in Tham Luang Cave Rescue
  • First to make contact with Thai soccer team, Rick played a leading role in the rescue
  • No stranger to high-stress situations and crisis management, Rick spent 25 years as a firefighter
  • Shares the incredible story of the rescue mission, and lessons learned
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Richard William Stanton MBE is a British civilian cave diver who specializes in rescues through the Cave Rescue Organisation and the British Cave Rescue Council.

Rick is from Coventry and was formerly a firefighter with the West Midlands Fire Service for 25 years prior to his retirement. Rick has been recognized as a leading cave diver, and in 2012 he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire. He has participated in numerous cave diving rescues and recoveries including the 2004 rescue of six British soldiers who were trapped for eight days in a flooded cave in Mexico.

In 2018 he played a leading role in the Tham Luang youth soccer team cave rescue. Rick and diving partner John Volanthen were the first to make contact with the team and played a leading role in the successful rescue thereafter.

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