One of the Australians involved in the daring rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a cave in Thailand has emerged from the cave to sad news.

Shortly after the rescue was complete, Adelaide anaesthetist and underwater cave explorer Richard “Harry” Harris was told his father had just died.

SA Ambulance Service issued a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that I confirm that Harry’s dad passed away last night a short time after the successful rescue operation in Thailand.”

“This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family, magnified by the physical and emotional demands of being part of this week’s highly complex and ultimately successful rescue operation,” the statement read.

Dr Harris risked his own life to make the treacherous journey to the underground chamber where the 12 young soccer players and their coach were trapped for two weeks.

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