Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Defence, Minister for Home Affairs - Joint Media Release - Australian Assistance for Thailand Cave Search

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The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

The Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Home Affairs

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Liam O’Neil  0428 113 617

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Henry Budd  0429 531 143

Home Affairs Minister’s Office:  

Merryn Royle  0409 272 971

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30 June 2018

The Australian Government is assisting the Government of Thailand’s efforts to locate a group of 13 people who are missing, believed trapped in a flooded cave system in Chiang Rai.

On 23 June, a soccer team of 12 boys aged between 11-16, along with their 25-year old coach, entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai. The Government of Thailand is doing all it can to find the team.

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) Specialist Response Group team of six people is deploying to Chiang Rai today. The team has capabilities in conducting searches in zero visibility areas, land search and rescue, and diving in flooded caves. A DFAT officer is also deploying with the team to assist with coordination.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is providing a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 aircraft to transport the team and their equipment. The ADF has also deployed an official to the rescue command centre in Chiang Rai as a Specialist Liaison Officer to provide operations and planning expertise.

Australia is working in close cooperation with the Government of Thailand and the Royal Thai Army, who are leading the search operation.

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