Rick Stanton


Rick Stanton

Richard William Stanton MBE is a British civilian cave diver who specializes in rescues through the Cave Rescue Organisation and the British Cave Rescue Council. Rick is from Coventry and was formerly a firefighter with the West Midlands Fire Service for 25 years prior to his retirement. Rick has been recognized as a leading cave diver, and in 2012 he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire. He has participated in numerous cave diving rescues and recoveries including the 2004 rescue of six British soldiers who were trapped for eight days in a flooded cave in Mexico.In 2018 he played a leading role in the Tham Luang youth soccer team cave rescue. Rick and diving partner John Volanthen were the first to make contact with the team and played a leading role in the successful rescue thereafter.

The Tham Luang rescue presentation 1 – operational overview

12 Oct 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The story of the rescue of the Thai youth soccer team was truly the media highlight of the summer of 2018. Against all odds a large team of local and international experts achieved the impossible to safely bring back to their families the 12 young boys and their coach.In this presentation the topic is more the overview of the challenges of the cave rescue and how the overall planning was conducted.




The Tham Luang rescue presentation 2 – technical overview

13 Oct 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The story of the rescue of the Thai youth soccer team was truly the media highlight of the summer of 2018. Against all odds a large team of local and international experts achieved the impossible to safely bring back to their families the 12 young boys and their coach. In this presentation the topic is more the technical diving aspect of the cave rescue.