- Leandro Nicolas Gerardo is a South African diver currently based in Thailand
- He was part of the team that rescued 12 boys from Thai caves
- His sister and friend hailed his brave contribution
A South African diver has won praise for volunteering to be part of the team that rescued 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in caves in Thailand.
Leandro Nicolas Gerardo was born in Argentina but grew up in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, Briefly.co.za learned. According to Good Things Guy, he is currently based in Bangkok.
Leandro's friend, Dwayne Saunders, took to Facebook to praise his brave contribution. He said Leandro and his team worked in a dangerous chamber 2.5km inside one of the caves.
During the three-day rescue effort, they had to pass on stretchers carrying the boys to the next chamber and ultimately to safety.
Leandro's sister, Lucia, also commended her brother for risking his life to help rescue the boys. She hailed him as an "absolute legend."
South Africans on social media also congratulated Leandro for being part of the mission. See some of their reactions below.
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