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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 14:12
Australia awards civilian honours to cave divers
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Two Australian divers who helped rescue 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand will receive civilian honours, PM Malcolm Turnbull says.
 
Turnbull confirmed the as yet unspecified honours would be awarded to Richard Harris, an anesthetist, 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", 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.
 
Nearly 45,000 people have signed an online petition calling for him to be awarded Australia's most prestigious bravery honour, the Cross of Valour.
 
The Australian pair and other divers, including a former Thai Navy Seal who died in the operation, have been lauded around the world.
 
The Wild Boars had spent nine days in the cave with little food or light when British divers first reached them on 2nd of July.
 
The boys, aged 11-16, and their coach have been recovering in hospital. They are expected to be discharged tomorrow (Jul 18).
 
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