Australian Doctor Dropped Holiday to Join Thai Cave Rescue, Lauded for Contribution
16 July, 2018, 05:30 | Author: Edward Snyder
Doctors say they are in good health following a successful three-day operation which ended July 10 when teams of Navy Seals and global cave diving experts hauled the last five members of the team to safety.
"So you're following the (guide) line with your hand and you basically might as well have your eyes closed with a small boy being cradled in your arms and feeling your way through rocks and posting yourself sideways through little holes".
Major Rubin also gave a first-hand account of the experience working with Dr Harris.
"They are the toughest blokes and kids I've ever had the privilege to meet", Dr Harris said.
Mr Shorten said he wanted to congratulate Adelaide anaesthetist Richard "Harry" Harris and all the others who worked on the rescue.
All 13 were brought to safety in a perilous rescue organized by Thai Navy Seals and an worldwide team of cave-diving experts.
Dr Harris was the man tasked with giving the medical all-clear for each evacuation, and decided what order the boys would leave the cave in.
In their statement, Dr Harris and Mr Challen thanked the British divers who led the operation, along with team members from the EU, US, China and other Australians.
Rescue efforts were failing, and hope was fading, but due to the bravery of first responders including Thailand's navy SEALs and good fortune from a lack of inclement weather, the boys were eventually rescued according to The Guardian.
The Cross of Valour has only been awarded to five Australians since it was established in 1975.
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US President Trump said their rescue was "a lovely moment". "I want to cheer them on, I want to tell them how anxious I've been". A team of Thai and worldwide divers guided the boys and their coach out through a almost four kilometer long passageway.
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