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Anglesey diver who rescued trapped Thai boys says the 'kids are very brave'

The boys and their coach as they were found in a partially flooded cave Thailand. Credit: AP/Press Association Images

A diver, based on Anglesey, who helped to save 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, has been reliving his experience.

Josh Bratchley is a meteorologist at RAF Valley and joined the rescue mission.

It was dangerous for a variety of reasons.

The cave passage beneath the water was awkward diving.

It was very low visibility and there was the usual risks associated with cave diving that can be quite hazardous at times.

– Josh Bratchley

The four boys and their 25-year-old coach were brought to safety last week, having entered the cave network for exploration on June 23 before it became flooded by monsoon rains.

Josh Bratchley is a meteorologist at RAF Valley and joined the rescue mission. Credit: Good Morning Britain

These kids are very brave.

They have been through and awful lot even before we reached them and certainly before we managed to rescue them.

So for them to be able to keep their composure for that long is extremely impressive.

– Josh Bratchley

Their rescue was particularly treacherous because the boys, aged 11 to 16, had to swim through tight spaces despite having no previous diving experience.

Three of the 12 boys are seen recovering in their hospital beds. Credit: hailand Government Spokesman Bureau/AP/PA