THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO HOST A RECEPTION FOR BRITISH DIVERS INVOLVED IN THE THAI CAVE RESCUE

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO HOST A RECEPTION FOR BRITISH DIVERS INVOLVED IN THE THAI CAVE RESCUE

 Buckingham Palace

 Tuesday 16th October, 2018

 

The Duke of Cambridge will host a reception at Buckingham Palace to recognise the extraordinary contribution made by British rescue divers and support staff in the successful search and rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

His Royal Highness will meet several of the British divers who took part in the rescue, in addition to support staff who provided surface co-ordination, infrastructure and operational help with the rescue mission.

The football team became trapped in a flash flood inside Tham Luang cave on Saturday 23rd June, 4km away from the cave’s entrance. An international effort, including US Air Force rescue specialists; UK cave divers; and specialists from Belgium, Australia, Scandinavia supported Thai Navy SEALS with the rescue mission. Divers transported the boys, who were equipped with full-face masks, through flooded, narrow sections of cave in the dark using guide ropes. By Tuesday 10th July all of the boys had been successfully rescued from the cave. 

The Reception has been organised in association with Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW), of whom The Duke is Patron, and the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC).