Erik Brown, from Langley B.C. owns a diving company in Thailand and when he heard about the boys trapped in a flooded cave he flew, without hesitation and art his own expense, to the area and offered his services.
Mr. Brown who turns 36 tomorrow joined the team of rescue divers and spent up to six hours at a time on numerous dives in treacherous conditions.
His brother, Kirk Brown said “I’m not at all surprised he was involved to the degree he was and was able to help. That’s just who he is. ”
Erik Brown posted a picture of himself on Facebook with two of the other divers and a caption that read; “9 days. 7 missions and 63 hours inside Tham Laung Cave. Success.”
Older brother, Kirk said that Erik would call whenever he had a chance to let the family know that he was alright.
However, there were nervous moments back home when news broke last Friday that one of the divers had died during the rescue effort.
Kirk Brown said his brother told him that the team refused to let the man’s death be in vain and pushed on to ensure the mission was successful.
Kirk described Erik as a humble guy who was proud of everyone on the team and said his brother’s best moment came when he saw the boys reunited with their families in hospital.
Kirk Brown said that his brother told him that there was a huge sense of relief once everyone was out of the cave safely and added; “There was still an awareness of the Thai navy SEAL diver who died. It was celebration but it wasn’t without loss.”