Cave rescue: Australians to receive honours, PM Turnbull says

 Cave rescue: Australians to receive honours, PM Turnbull says
 Cave rescue: Australians to receive honours, PM Turnbull says

Two Australian divers who helped rescue 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand will receive civilian honours, PM Malcolm Turnbull says. Mr Turnbull confirmed the as yet unspecified honours would be awarded to Richard Harris, an anaesthetist, and Craig Challen, a vet. The men entered the Tham Luang cave as part of the international rescue. Dr Harris helped give medical assessments. It embodied “every Australian value we hold dear”, Mr Turnbull said. Dr Harris was one of the last rescuers to emerge from the cave after three days of the mission to extract the Wild Boars football team and their coach last week. He and Dr Challen, both experienced divers, helped move the boys out of the cave. “That is one of the most extraordinary acts of heroism, professionalism, discipline [and] teamwork,” Mr Turnbull told local radio 3AW, as he also gave praise to all involved. Thai authorities have paid tribute Dr Harris for his crucial medical role in the operation. On Monday, they also confirmed that Dr Harris, Dr Challen and another Australian medical professional had been granted diplomatic immunity in the event that the mission went wrong. “We knew there were risks involved in this mission… so there was an understanding reached between the Thai government and the Australian government,” Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told Reuters.

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