Jason Mallinson is an exploration and rescue cave diver, who most recently helped plan and carry out the rescue of the soccer team from the flooded cave in Thailand.
His previous exploits have led him to set distance and depth records in caves all over the world, from the deep jungle caves of Mexico (the Huautla and Cheve systems) to the vast dive distances of the Pozo Azul cave system in northern Spain.
Jason led the world record breaking team into Pozo Azul in 2010, where a dive distance of 8.8km from the entrance was achieved, requiring immersion times of 12 hours and 1 week camping underground. From humble beginnings in the Yorkshire Dales network of caves to international expeditions, Jason has pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible in the elite world of cave diving exploration. The skills that Jason has acquired over nearly 30 years in this field are often put to good use when called to assist in rescue incidents and he is a member of local cave-dive rescue teams and the British Cave Rescue Council’s international cave-dive rescue team.
Successful rescues, by Jason, have been carried out in Mexico 2004, where six military personnel were successfully dived out of a flooded cave. Live recoveries are just some of the aspects of cave rescue.
Unfortunately, the more sombre task of body recoveries is also part of the tasks, and these have been carried out in Norway, Ireland, France, and the UK. Naturally, Jason became part of the recent high-profile and unprecedented rescue of the Wild Boar football team from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave. Following the discovery of the 12 trapped boys and their coach, Jason helped plan and carry out the daring rescue plan, himself bringing four of the boys out through the flooded sections of cave to safety. He will talk openly of his experience in Thailand and following the presentation, answer questions from the audience. This is a rare opportunity to hear the real story behind this extraordinary event.