Meet The Elite Duo At The Heart Of The Thailand Rescue
It was one of the most challenging underground rescues in history with British divers being drafted in to help spearhead the rescue operation in Thailand. Today, those two divers, John Volanthen and Rich Stanton, share their account of the high-risk mission.
John Volanthen and Richard Stanton are the British cave rescue divers who found the trapped Thailand soccer team and helped rescue them. “They are pioneers,” said Martyn Farr, a diving instructor and expert. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports on the divers’ background and experience for TODAY.
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British Exploratory Diver Who Played A Leading Role In The 2018 Thailand Cave Rescue
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John Paul Volanthen is a world record-holding British exploratory cave diver who specialises in rescues through the Cave Rescue Organisation, South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue, and the British Cave Rescue Council. John hit the headlines in July 2018, when he was part of the multi-national team involved in the rescue of 12 young football players and their coach in the Tham Luang caves in Thailand. John and his co-diver, Rich Stanton, were the first to make contact with the missing youngsters when they had been lost for nine days. Both men were part of the team that successfully rescued all the boys and their coach and brought them to safety. In keynote talks, John gives audiences an astonishing account of the harrowing rescue effort. With heart-pounding anecdotes from the high-risk rescue mission, he hammers home the importance of perseverance, determination, and preparation, and explains why he believes success in life is rarely due to “luck.” John also shares his belief that anyone can rise to the occasion and achieve extraordinary things in the face of insurmountable odds. Using a combination of pictures and audio, he communicates what it was like to be there and the joy he felt when it was all over. Uplifting and inspiring, John’s story is one in a million.