Hunt for hero British diver who helped rescue 12 stranded Thai boys after he goes missing while exploring caves in US

RESCUERS were last night hunting for a hero British diver.

Josh Bratchley went missing while exploring a cave system in the US.

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Josh went missing between 3pm and 4pm on Tuesday[/caption]

American news channels said he was one of the elite international team that saved 12 junior footballers and their coach from a Thai cave last July.

Josh was part of a group exploring Mill Pond Cave, which is only accessible under water, when he went missing between 3pm and 4pm on Tuesday.

Police in Tennessee were alerted to his disappearance at 1.17am local time yesterday.

Authorities believe he may have reached dry pockets inside the cave after running into trouble.

Derek Woolbright, emergency management public information officer for Jackson County, said: “There had been previous mapping of the cave by Tennessee Tech University and there were some air pockets that had been identified that the diver was aware.

“It’s a very good possibility that he would seek that out once he found himself in distress.

“This individual is known to be very experienced in this kind of thing.”

Josh had been reportedly laying guide lines when his colleagues noticed he hadn’t returned.

Divers in his team attempted to rescue him for several hours but couldn’t find him.

The British Cave Rescue Council said last night that it was contemplating scrambling a rescue team.

Specialist divers from Arkansas and Florida were already on their way to the Mill Pond Cave.

Last July, Josh, left, and international colleagues saved 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach, 25, from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand after 18 days.

One Thai diver died in the rescue.

Josh helped top rescue twelve boys and their football coach who were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days
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The diver went missing after exploring in Mill Pond Cave


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