Aussie Thai cave divers say rescue was “beyond their imagination”

Australian divers, Dr Richard Harris and Craig Challen, have released a statement saying they were “humbled to provide our expertise and experience” to the Thai caves rescue mission.

The pair played an integral role in saving 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from depths of a flooded cave.

Dr Harris was widely described as the best man for this unique rescue due to his impressive skill set.


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He’s a qualified anaesthetist and an extremely experienced cave diver.

Dr Harris, swam into the cave with a Thai medical team to find the boys from the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach who became trapped in the Tham Luang cave on June 23.

Craig Challen was Mr Harris’ dive partner and the pair completed multiple dives to help bring the boys to safety.

In their statement, the pair thanked everyone for the support they received.

“The favourable outcome that has been achieved is almost beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation,” the statement said.

“Our thanks and greatest admiration go to the British lead divers, and support divers along the route in and out of the cave system.

“We particularly want to thank the players and their coach for placing their trust in us. We wish them a speedy recovery.”

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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