Meet The Two Amazing British Divers Behind The Thailand Cave Rescue: John Volanthen and Rick Stanton.
They are two British divers.
And these two men are considered the two best divers in the world.
So it should come as no surprise that the government of Thailand asked them to rescue the 12 young boys and their coach who are stranded in a vast underground cave.
Rick Stanton, 57, and John Volanthen, 47, who are among the best rescue divers in the world, have taken part in similar operations in Ireland, Norway and France. Stanton once helped to save British cavers who had been trapped underground in Mexico for more than a week.
“They are two of the best,” said Martin Grass, chairman of the Cave Diving Group.”
A spokesman for the British Caving Association, Andy Eavis, said “if anyone is going to find these kids, it will be those two divers.
And he went further saying:
“Compared to what Rick and John are normally doing, this is extremely easy diving, the only complication was the flow of the water,” a reference to the fact that they had to swim against a strong current as they found their way to the kids.
Speaking to the BBC in 2004 Stanton described the difficulties of navigating caves: “When people landed on the moon they had a map, they knew where they were going but in a cave if you’re beyond the known limit of the cave, nobody knows where it goes, you never know what will happen round the corner.”