British divers bring experience to Thai cave drama

  • Richard Stanton, left, John Volanthen, center, talks to U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific Search and Rescue team personnel in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The 12 boys and soccer coach found in a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand after 10 days are mostly in stable medical condition and have received high-protein liquid food, officials said Tuesday, though it is not known when they will be able to go home. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

  • Richard Stanton, left, and John Volanthen arrive in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The 12 boys and soccer coach found in a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand after 10 days are mostly in stable medical condition and have received high-protein liquid food, officials said Tuesday, though it is not known when they will be able to go home. (AP Photo)

LONDON — When authorities in Thailand were assembling a group of rescuers to search for a soccer team lost in a flooded cave, one of their first calls went to a retired firefighter and an IT consultant in England.

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