DAVID KOCH: Joining us now is Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Good morning. An extraordinary outcome, the world is celebrating today. A truly international operational - 19 Australians involved. Have you got word on how they are going this morning?
JULIE BISHOP: It is a remarkable outcome, the end of an extraordinary ordeal. There were in fact 20 Australians directly involved in the rescue. I have been in contact with our Ambassador and the Embassy in Bangkok overnight, and we understand that all are doing well. All 12 boys and their coach are now in hospital obviously undergoing an assessment, and I understand that all our rescue team are fine and the whole international team that was working under the fabulous leadership of the Thai authorities are safe and well. We do of course recall that one volunteer did die in the course of this incredible process of extracting the boys from the cave, and we feel for his family, but there has now been this quite remarkable outcome. The ordeal is over.
DAVID KOCH: Yes, and Dr Richard Harris, the Australian, who the elite diving teams around the world actually requested this bloke to come over – he was about to go cave diving on the Nullarbor, broke his holidays. We are now learning he went in every day and mildly sedated the boys, followed each group out and wouldn't leave the cave until every boy was out, and then he went back the next day and the next day. This bloke has got to be Australian of the Year, doesn't he?
JULIE BISHOP: Dr Richard Harris is internationally renowned for his expertise in cave rescue. In fact, he heads up an organisation on cave rescue. He is very well known to us in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade because he has been one of the doctors involved in our medical assistance teams that work on natural disasters throughout the Pacific. He spent some years in Vanuatu working in the Port Vila hospital under the Australian aid program. So Dr Harris is an extraordinary Australian and he certainly has made a big difference to the rescue effort here in Thailand in this instance. I am hoping to speak to Thai Foreign Minister Don later this morning, and I am sure that he will confirm that Dr Harris was identified by the British diving team, and then requested to be involved at the highest levels within the Thai Government. So, we're just delighted that Dr Harris, and his dive partner Craig Challen who is a vet from Perth was also involved, and between them and the rest of the Australian team, I believe we were an integral part to the overall rescue.
DAVID KOCH: Yes, he brought every group of boys out. Just extraordinary stories coming out of this rescue. A good news day, Julie Bishop. It's great to have you on talking about good news. It is fabulous!
JULIE BISHOP: It is a wonderful story, and I think there is relief all around the world, jubilation around the world.
DAVID KOCH: Good to see you.
JULIE BISHOP: Thank you.
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