Additional Australian support to the Thailand cave rescue

  • Joint media release:

Australia will provide further support to the Government of Thailand's efforts to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.

With the rescue effort at a critical stage, Australia is sending two more Australian Defence Force (ADF) specialists with expertise in disaster recovery and planning.

An additional senior Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer will also be deployed to support planning and coordination efforts.

The team of six AFP dive specialists who arrived on Saturday 30 June will remain on site to assist the Royal Thai Navy to get essential supplies to the trapped group.

An ADF Liaison officer and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Crisis Response Team member continues to support the rescue effort.

Australia commends the Government of Thailand's tireless efforts to plan for the safe evacuation of the group.

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