Cave-diving rescue doctor named Australian of the Year

Dr Richard Harris and his friend Craig Challen played a key role in the international effort to free 12 boys
Jocelyn Wright Australian Associated Press
Richard Harris and Craig Challen.
2019 Australians of the Year Dr Richard Harris (left) and Craig Challen at the awards ceremony in Canberra, ACT. Photo: AAP

The Australian doctor involved in the heroic cave-diving rescue in Thailand last year has been named joint Australian of the Year.

SA anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris was granted the top honour along with retired veterinary surgeon Craig Challen for their role in the daring rescue of 12 young boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last July.