SMWCRTSouth and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team (UK)
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The father of two, who has more than 30 years' caving experience and has been a member of the SMWCRT for the past 15, was on a plane heading to the scene next morning after discussing the mission with his partner and rearranging work commitments.
Dan Thorne, chairman of SMWCRT and an outdoor education tutor for Oxfordshire Outdoors in south Wales, remained in the UK to gather equipment for the operation and respond to the many media inquiries the team received.
Those who spearheaded the rescue included Rick Stanton and John Volanthen of SMWCRT.
Elite British divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, who are members of South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team (SMWCRT) and were the first rescuers to reach the group last Monday night, are believed to be part of the team.