Cave diver hailed hero for Thai rescue effort

SOUTH EAST VISIT: Exploration divers Dr Richard “Harry” Harris and Dave Hurst at Little Blue Lake in Mount Gambier in 2015 after conducting a series of dives to fine-tune their equipment. Dr Harris has been dubbed a hero after playing a key role in the rescue of 12 members of a soccer team and their coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand. Picture: LEON RADEMEYER

THE hero South Australian doctor at the centre of the successful rescue of a young Thai soccer team from a flooded cave network this week is a regular visitor to the South East.

Adelaide anesthetist and underwater cave explorer Dr Richard “Harry” Harris has often been involved in search and rescue training across the region’s extensive cave network.

He also performed the sad task in 2011 of retrieving the body of a dead diver from Tank Cave, midway between Millicent and

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