Australian Federal Police Divers in Cave Rescue

Many people will remember the horrific events in July when a junior soccer team was lost in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand.  The rescue efforts stretched over 18 days with ADAS certified members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) dive team being integral to the rescue operations.

Image courtesy of AFP

While many ADAS divers will be used to operating in poor visibility and difficult conditions, few of us will have participated in an operation of such a scale.

The six members of the AFP dive team were responsible for managing two of the cave chambers in order to secure the evacuation route of the soccer team.  The inspirational story of the dive team’s involvement, “Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable”, produced by the AFP gives a glimpse of some of the behind-the-scenes work undertaken and suspense involved during this incredible ordeal.

It also gives an insight in relation to the many arenas that ADAS certification will appear with most of Australia’s police divers holding an ADAS qualification.

If you’re interested in this area of the industry, more information can be found on the Police Diving Career Opportunities page of this website.