Officials: Experienced diver rescued from Tennessee cave

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Authorities say an experienced diver who participated in the rescue of a Thai youth soccer team from a cave has been found alive after being trapped in a Tennessee cave.

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service posted on its Facebook page that a diver was brought out of the cave Wednesday night and was safe on the surface. Multiple rescue crews participated in the effort.

Bill Whitehouse of the British Cave Rescue Council told CBS News that the caver was Josh Bratchley. CBS reports that a diver from Florida, Ed Sorenson, found Bratchley who is said to have been in the cave for more than 28 hours without food or water.

Jackson County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Derek Woolbright told news outlets that about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, a group of experienced divers reported that one of its members had not returned from a dive. He said they went back in to find him but could not.

In a press conference, Sorenson said he discovered Bratchley less than 500-feet from the surface in a large air pocket. Authorities say Bratchley was a diver who participated in the rescue of a Thai youth soccer team from a cave in July.

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