Newly released bodycam recordings show the moment a hero diver was rescued after being locked up in an underwater cave for 28 hours.
Josh Bratchley was one of the specialized divers who helped save the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in an underwater cave last July.
He had gone diving at Mill Pond Cave, Tennessee on Tuesday and was only discovered the following evening.
The images from Bodycam show that his rescuer, Edd Sorensen, found him on an underwater ledge under the mud.
Sorensen says: & # 39; How do you feel? I'm Edd Sorensen. & # 39;
He immediately starts working out the best route from the 400-foot underwater cave system.
He can be heard saying: & # 39; Try to slip out of here and be the first to come up in & # 39 ;.
After leading Mr. Bratchley out of the curves, Sorensen comes to a grassy bank where other people are waiting to help.
Mr. Bratchley, who was trapped under water after losing his lead, told his savior: "I'm used to being on the other side of the rescue."
The first glimpse of stranded Josh Bratchley as he was found after he was missing for 28 hours by specialist diver Edd Sorensen
Sorensen led Mr. Bratchley through the winding turns of the 400-foot underwater cave system
As soon as the couple finally pops up again through a grassy bench, they are greeted by many other specialists who help them
Mr. Sorensen said GMA how Bratchley reacted when he first appeared in the air bag and how he later joked when he was questioned about his condition that he was used to being the one asking the questions.
& # 39; He was in an air bag, that was where we hoped he was if there was a chance he would survive.
& # 39; When I first broke through the surface, I looked him straight in the eye and he said: & # 39; Thank you, thanks & # 39;, & # 39; Sorensen said.
He added, "After thanking me, I started asking him questions, and he said," I'm not used to being at this end of the rescue. "
Bratchley is said to be in & # 39; good health and good humor & # 39 ;, said Bill Whitehouse, vice president of the British Cave Rescue Council.
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Hero diver Josh Bratchley has been rescued from an underwater cave in Tennessee. He was one of the many divers who were credited last year with rescuing 12 Thai football players
Edd Sorensen, a specialized cave diver, rescued Mr. Bratchley on Wednesday evening. He spoke about it on Thursday morning
He was evaluated by medical professionals, but refused treatment, witnesses said on the spot.
& # 39; His only request was that he wanted pizza & # 39 ;, said Derek Woolbright, spokesperson for EMA, at a press conference.
Sorensen said he was relieved to find the young diver alive.
& # 39; In the cave, the guideline to the surface, if it goes wrong, that is our only way home, so if it gets lost from the line, it is pure sludge. One slip and the view of what you had disappears in an instant.
& # 39; Once he was out of line, there really was no chance for him.
& # 39; Rescues are very, very rare. Every time I can take someone to his family and not in a bag, it's a great day, & he said.
Bratchley, a trade meteorologist, went missing at the end of Tuesday when the group emerged from a dive and he was nowhere to be seen.
He traveled to North Tennessee from the UK with a group who had made a series of dives in the sunken cavity in recent days, ABC News reported.
Authorities were approached by the group shortly after they had carried out their own search for the cave but could not find a trace of it.
Specialist divers were called in to assist the area with the rescue mission and plunged around the program around 6 am on Wednesday, Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Services said.
Mr. Bratchley is shown in the pond before he goes missing. He was able to survive by finding an air pocket in the complex network of caves
According to first responders, the cave contains an & # 39; bubble & # 39; with enough oxygen to last at least 24 hours.
Savior Edd Sorrenson said he had found Bratchley & # 39; s guards in one of the air bags in a conscious and stable state.
& # 39; He said, "Thank you, thank you. Who are you?" & # 39; Sorenson recalled in a press conference. & # 39; We had a nice conversation. & # 39;
& # 39; This was a very small, annoying cave, & # 39; Sorrenson continued, adding that he was surprised to find Bratchley alive.
The route to him, the diver said, was about 400 feet long and 40 feet below the surface, with limited visibility.
Blatchley was successfully recovered just 48 minutes after Sorrenson first plunged below the surface of the water.
Special divers went to the area to assist the rescue mission on Wednesday evening
Bratchley received an MBE for his efforts to save the Thai soccer team and their coach
Jackson County EMA publicity officer Derek Woolbright said Wednesday in a press conference that rescue workers believe Bratchley is waiting in a 400ft bubble in the cave
Rescuers map the planned route to find Bratchley
& # 39; There was previous map of the cave by Tennessee Tech University and there [were] some air pockets that were identified, I believe earlier, that the diver was aware of, so it is a very good possibility that he would look for that as soon as he came into need, & Jackson County EMA publicity officer Derek Woolbright said in a news conference on Wednesday.
& # 39; This individual is known to be very experienced in things like this. & # 39;
Bratchley was credited with a group of elite international divers involved in the intense operation of 12 young Thai football players and their coach in June 2018.
The group entered the cave at low tide, but excessive floods soon blocked their exit and were forced to retreat deeper into the cave.
Heavy rainfall worsened when the water levels and rescuers ended up in a race against the clock to save the lives of the group.
After a trial of three weeks, divers finally found the group – hungry but alive – huddled on a dry strip of land deep in the cave.
Handpicked for the mission, Bratchley later received an MBE – stands for & # 39; Member of the Order of the British Empire & # 39; – for his efforts by the queen.
& # 39; It is incredible to be recognized in such a way and everyone on the team is very grateful for all the support we have received from family, friends, speleologists, divers, colleagues & strangers, & # 39; he said then.
One of the elite divers drowned during the rescue mission.