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Australian diving doctor praised for role in Thai cave rescue
Australian authorities praised their contingent of divers and support crew involved in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from inside a flooded Thai cave on Wednesday (July 11, 2018). Australian doctor and experienced cave diver, Richard Harris, who was reportedly one of the last divers to leave the cave, was told after completing the rescue that his father had died in the early hours on Wednesday. Medstar colleague and friend Andrew Pearce said that Harris would be supported through this difficult time. Australian Federal Police Commander Glen McKeown said seven specialist divers and around 10 support crew assisted the rescue effort in chambers two and three of the cave complex near Chiang Rai. The Australian team spent 75 hours at the cave and moved 20 tonnes of equipment during that time. Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration after the last group of the "Wild Boars" soccer team was rescued from the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night (July 10), ending an ordeal that gripped Thailand and the world. The group was rescued after 17 days inside the vast cave complex in northern Thailand where they had ventured after soccer practice on June 23.