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Australia Dr Richard Harris and dive partner Craig Challen say thanks after successful dive rescue

06:56  12 july  2018
06:56  12 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Dr Richard Harris and his dive partner Craig Challen have thanked the 12 young footballers and their coach for placing their trust in us following the successful Thai cave rescue .

Dr Richard Harris and his dive partner Craig Challen have issued a statement thanking people for their support and words of encouragement after the successful cave dive rescue of 12 trapped boys and their football coach.

The Adelaide doctor was the last person out of the cave after the daring mission.

He was tasked with giving the medical all-clear for each evacuation and decided what order the boys would leave the cave in.

Australian doctor Richard Harris (right), along with his dive partner Craig Challen.© AAP Image/Supplied by DFAT Australian doctor Richard Harris (right), along with his dive partner Craig Challen. "We would like to thank everyone for the messages of support we have received following the successful extraction of the team and Royal Thai Navy Seals from the cave," the statement reads.

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"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is almost beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this international operation led by the Thai government."

Australian doctor Richard Harris (centre), and the medical team he worked with to assist in the rescue of 12 Thai boys who were stuck in an underground cave with their soccer coach, but have since been rescued.© AAP Image/Supplied by DFAT Australian doctor Richard Harris (centre), and the medical team he worked with to assist in the rescue of 12 Thai boys who were stuck in an underground cave with their soccer coach, but have since been rescued. Yesterday it emerged Dr Harris had been told his father had passed away shortly after the cave rescue.

He and Craig Challen were among 20 Australians involved in the Thai-led rescue effort.

They also thanked the football team for "placing their trust in us" to get out safely.

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"Our thanks and greatest admiration go the British lead divers, and support divers along the route in and out of the cave system from the EU, US, China and Australia, as well as the vast number of participants from military and civilian organisations in various support roles," the statement continued.

"Additionally, we were only a small part of an Australian contingent comprising personnel from DFAT, AFP, and ADF who performed valuable roles.

"We particularly would like to thank the players and their coach for placing their trust in us. We wish them a speedy recovery.

"Thank you."

Video has since emerged from inside the cave, revealing the perilous passageways the rescue workers had to traverse to free the 12 trapped boys and their football coach.

All 12 are now being monitored in hospital, and further video released overnight shows them smiling and in good spirits.

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One of the two Australians who were with the Thai football team and helped them escape safely from the flooded Tham Luong cave confirms the boys and their coach were heavily sedated during the delicate extraction operation.

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