Scout cave diver honoured for Thai rescue

Submitted by NGooderson on Fri, 09/14/2018 - 13:22

John Volanthen, a Cub Scout leader and cave diver from Bristol, United Kingdom, has been awarded with the Bronze Cross by The Scout Association (UK) for the role he played in the June rescue of 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave.

John, who started caving in the Scouts, was one of a number of foreign divers drafted in for the difficult rescue. The 12 boys, footballers, and their coach were trapped in the Tham Luang caves in Thailand after exploring and remained there for 9 days before being rescued, with John's voice being the first they heard. They were then carefully extracted to safety by the team through extremely tight spaces.

The medal is The Scout Association's highest honour, presented for "heroism or action in the face of extraordinary risk".

"I still take Scouts caving, so it's an honour to be given this kind of medal," said John upon receipt of the honour at his local Cub Scout Group in Long Ashton.

Listen to John Volanthen talk about the experience in this BBC Points West interview