From Thai cave hero to Aussie royalty: Dr Richard Harris set to become next Lieutenant Governor

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The doctor who played a pivotal role in the Thai cave rescue in Chiang Rai is now destined to become South Australia‘s next Lieutenant Governor.

Dr Harris, hailed as the linchpin of the rescue mission in 2018, undertook vital medical assessments and provided crucial advice on the safest extraction methods for 12 trapped children, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25 year old coach. On the day of the rescue, he ensured each boy’s medical clearance and administered anaesthesia.

Revered for his unique blend of medical expertise and cave diving prowess, Dr Harris was the final rescuer to exit the cavern, earning him the prestigious Star of Courage bravery award and a shared title of Australian of the Year in 2019.

Now, Dr Harris assumes the role of deputy to South Australia’s Governor, Frances Adamson, as the Lieutenant Governor, acting as the state’s Vice Regal representative when the Governor is absent, reported ABC News.

Dr Harris expressed his gratitude, extending his thanks to his predecessor Dr Muecke for his dedicated service.

“I am truly honoured to be appointed to this role.”

In related news, a handful of thrill-seeking visitors had the golden ticket to explore the hidden depths of chambers 2 and 3 in Tham Luang Cave, nestled within Chiang Rai province. Renowned for the sensational 2018 Wild Boar football team rescue, this escapade promised an unforgettable journey into the heart of heroism.

Registration kicked off on December 15, granting access to the cave on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, both in the morning and afternoon. Pioneering visitors embarked on a two-to-four-hour expedition along the challenging 700-metre route, navigating stalactites, rocks, and holes that once posed a formidable challenge to rescuers.

In other news, the protracted ban on Australian rock lobsters by Beijing has prompted Southeast Asian countries to capitalise on the opportunity, increasing their seafood exports to China. As the ban continues, the shift in sourcing may become irreversible, experts predict.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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