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Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Cave Diver, 2019 Australian of the Year, and the recipient of the OZTek2017 Tech Diver of the Year and OZTek'09 Outstanding Achievement award

 

Dr Richard Harris (“Harry”) works in anaesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia.

He has expertise in diving, wilderness and remote area health. His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures.

Harry and the “Wet Mules” have explored the Pearse Resurgence in New Zealand to 229m depth, Daxing Spring in China to 213m and Song Hong Cave in Thailand to 196m to name a few.

Richard Harris

Richard Harris

He is an enthusiastic but inferior UW photographer and videographer who is resigned to capturing opportunistic images via helmet cams.

Harry helped in the rescue operations as a diver in the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand, and won the 2019 Australian of the Year with long-time friend and fellow cave diver, Craig Challen.

Richard Harris

Harry has a professional and voluntary interest in search and rescue operations, establishing the first sump rescue training course in Australasia. By building relationships with emergency services in Australia, he has been preparing for such an event, and the 2018 Thailand Cave Rescue was an opportunity to put this training to work.

In 2009, he was the recipient of the OZTeK'09 'Outstanding Achievement' award to mark his exceptional contributions to cave diving exploration and in 2017, he won OZTek2017 'Tech Diver of the Year'.