Dr Richard Harris Bio (Biography)
|Dr. Richard Harris is a 53 years (as of 2018) Anaesthetics Doctor and Cave diver expert from Adelaide, Australia with 30 years experience. He called his holiday off to join an operation to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a cave complex in Nothern Thailand in June, 2018.
Dr. Harris was also among the expert cave divers who helped police in the recovery of Ms. Milowka in 2011, a well-known diver who had worked as a stunt diver on James Cameron’s 3D diving film Sanctum. She reportedly became disoriented and ran out of air while trying to work out how to get out of a section of a cave of eight-kilometer with twisting underwater passages.
|Age||53 years (as of 2018)|
|Father||As tears of relief and joy flowed at the conclusion to the Thai cave rescue mission that enthralled the world, hero Australian doctor Richard Harris soon learned the tragic news of his father’s death. His father’s name was James (Jim) Harris, a renowned former vascular surgeon and senior consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.|
|Occupation||Anaesthetics Doctor and Cave diver Expert|
|Awards||Dr. Richard Harris, alongside his friend Dr. Craig Challen and other six Australian drivers involved in the Thai Rescue Mission were honoured with Prestigious Bravery Awards.|
|Celebrated for||His Contribution in the Thai Rescue Mission (12 boys and a Coach of a Football team, Wild Boars, trapped in a Cave in Nothern Thailand). He was also involved in the extraction of the body of a fellow cave diver, Ms. Milowka in 2011.|
Dr Richard Harris Thai Rescue Mission
Dr. Harris called his holiday off to join the Thai cave Rescue mission of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a cave complex in Nothern Thailand. The 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province since 23 June 2018. All the 12 boys and the football coach were rescued from flooded cave in an operation lasting four days (8 July, 2018- 10 July 2018).
Dr. Harris risked his own life on Saturday, 7 July 2018 to make the treacherous journey to the chamber where the boys have been trapped underground for 15 days.
#Volunteer #Cave #Divers: Ivan Karadzic, Mikko Paasi, John Volanten, Rick Stanton, Chris Jewell, Jason Mallinson, Tim Acton, Dr Richard Harris lead the #International #rescue #operation at #ThamLuang & ThaiNavySEAL Saman Gunan #RIP 🙏 #heroes Pics: BBC, Reuters, ABC, SMH etc. pic.twitter.com/V1sn2TjfpT
— #RustyolTrusty (@LotusB10) July 10, 2018
“The doctor from Adelaide has been an essential part of the health assessments for the young boys He is an experienced diver, which is a great benefit because he’s brought all that expertise to assist the Thai government in this rescue mission.” Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told reporters on Monday.
Dr. Harris cleared the first 4 boys to be extracted from the cave on 8 July 2018. They had to make an incredibly dangerous journey out of the flooded cave complex.
One former colleague says there are very good reasons why British caving experts working with Thai authorities at the site asked for his help.
Bill Griggs used to be Dr. Harris’ boss at South Australia’s emergency medical retrieval service, MedSTAR, where the anesthetist still works.
To do cave-diving, you have to be all about attention to detail, and you have to be meticulous. The combination of his medical knowledge and his cave-diving skills was clearly (why) the British guys requested that he come as well.” Dr. Griggs said in an Interview.
Dr. Harris is well known in the cave diving community, including as the leader of record-breaking missions to explore a dangerous underwater cave system on New Zealand’s South Island.
Dr Richard Harris Honoured with a Bravery Award
Dr. Richard Harris of Adelaide alongside his Cave diver partner Dr. Craig Challen were presented the second-highest Australian bravery decoration for “acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril”.
The list of all those honoured:
- Richard Harris (Star of Courage, OAM)
- Craig Challen (Star of Courage, OAM)
- Justin John Bateman (Bravery Medal, OAM)
- Kelly Craig Boers (Bravery Medal, OAM)
- Benjamin Walter Cox (Bravery Medal, OAM)
- Troy Matthew Eather (Bravery Medal, OAM)
- Matthew Peter Fitzgerald (Bravery Medal, OAM)
- Robert Michael James (Bravery Medal, OAM)
- Christopher John Markcrow (Bravery Medal, OAM)
Dr Richard Harris Extraction of Ms Milowka
Dr. Harris was also among the expert cave divers who helped police in the recovery of Ms. Milowka, a well-known diver who had worked as a stunt diver on James Cameron’s 3D diving film Sanctum. She reportedly became disoriented and ran out of air while trying to work out how to get out of a section of a cave of eight-kilometer with twisting underwater passages. His cave diving skills were crucial in a difficult task of recovering the body of his friend Agnes Milowka after she ran out of air in Tank Cave near Mount Gambier in South Australia.
Dr Richard Harris Leads Aussie Divers in Searching the Source of Pearse River (Nat Geo)
In 2011 and 2012, he led a team of Aussie divers to record depths of 194 and 221 metres in what’s believed to be one of the world’s deepest cold water caves, searching for the source of the Pearse River in New Zealand. It required the team to set up a series of survival pods at intervals to allow divers to decompress, rest and eat in the near-freezing waters along the length of an underwater river – an experience that could prove invaluable in the current rescue mission.
He filmed the dangerous and complex mission for National Geographic.
In The Social Media- Twitter
This is Dr Richard Harris. The Australian anesthesiologist, aeromedical consultant, cave diving expert with over 30 years experience. Responsible for co-ordinating the #ThaiCaveResue operation.
When your children ask about heroes, tell them about him. pic.twitter.com/rjCNR8xrTF
— D M Zahirul Islam (@zislam787) July 10, 2018