Joint Media Release - Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Defence & Minister for Home Affairs - Additional Australian support to the Thailand cave rescue

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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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Foreign Minister’s Office:

Lauren Gianoli - 0478 488 874

Defence Minister’s Office:

Henry Budd - 0429 531 143

Home Affairs Minister’s Office:

Nicole Chant - 0419 850 222

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5 July 2018

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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