Thai cave rescue: Nine Australian divers and officers who helped free stranded soccer team receive bravery awards

Nine Australians who worked with an international team to rescue 12 young boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system in Thailand earlier this month have been honoured with prestigious bravery awards.

Two divers among that group described as “the linchpins of the entire operation” that unfolded over 18 days to free the Wild Boars from the Tham Luang cave have received the Star of Courage for their part in the rescue.Into the caveCave diving is perilous at the best of times but finding and freeing the 12 Thai boys and their football coach from Tham Luang posed extreme challenges.

After Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sought to fast-track the process, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove today bestowed official honours to all nine Australians involved in the search and rescue mission.Anaesthetist Dr Harris and his dive partner Dr Challen were presented the second-highest Australian bravery decoration for “acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril”.

Source: Thai cave rescue: Australian divers and officers who helped free stranded soccer team receive bravery awards – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)