Australian doctor learns of father’s death after completing Thai cave rescue

In a tragic turn of events, the father of the Australian doctor who played a major role in rescuing the Thai soccer team and their coach, has passed away overnight.

Dr Richard Harris was the last person out of the Thai cave following the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team on Tuesday and was met with the heartbreaking news of his father’s death.

Director of South Australia’s Clinical Services MedSTAR, Dr Andrew Pearce, confirmed the sad news in a statement a short time ago.


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“It is with great sadness that I confirm Harry’s Dad passed away last night a short time after the successful rescue operation in Thailand,” he said.

“I have spoken with Harry. This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family, magnified by the physical and emotional demands of being part of this week’s highly complex and ultimately successful rescue operation.”

Dr Pearce revealed Harry will be coming home soon and taking some well-earned time off to be with his family.

“All the team at SA Ambulance service is incredibly proud of Dr Harris. It has been a tumultuous week with highs and lows,” Dr Pearce wrote.

“We are delighted that Harry and the boys are safe and that he was able to play such a remarkable role in the Australian response.

“Harry is a quiet and kind man who did not think twice about offering his support on this mission.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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