Thai cave rescue underway: officials confirm operation has …


Divers expected to be preparing the first boy for the journey out


While details of the rescue team are still murky, a key player in the team is Australian doctor and diverDr Richard Harris, an anaesthetist based in Adelaide.

The civilian diver was specifically asked to join the rescue mission by the British divers who found the boys on Monday night.

He has worked at South Australia’s emergency medical retrieval service (MedSTAR) as an aeromedical consultant and has previously worked with AusAID in Vanuatu providing anaesthesia and intensive care services.

In 2011 he was part of the team that worked to retrieve the body of his friend the diver Agnes Milowka from Tank Cave at Millicent.

He has also worked as an underwater cameraman on National Geographic documentaries and feature films.

On Saturday, Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop, tweeted that Australia was “sending a medical specialist with cave-diving experience to join the team of 17 [Australians] … helping Thai government rescue 12 boys and soccer coach”.

Julie Bishop

Australia is sending a medical specialist with cave-diving expertise to join the Aussie team of 17 from @AusFedPolice @DeptDefence @dfat helping Thai Government rescue 12 boys and soccer coach
🇦🇺🇹🇭 @NatTraumaCentre #AUSMAT #ThamLuangCave

July 7, 2018


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