What Has Happened to Cave Diver Craig Challen?

What Has Happened to Cave Diver Craig Challen? ...

On June 23, 2018, 12 members of a local junior soccer team visited the Tham Luang cave for a bit of fun with their assistant coach. They were simply looking for an adventure after practice but soon found themselves trapped inside due to quick, heavy, flooding rain. Thus, it took a total of 18 days and an international team of expert cave divers to get them back home. Dr. Craig Challen, of course.

Craig Challen, who is he?

Craig attended Eastern Hills Senior High School in Mount Helena before pursuing further studies in the region. He later completed a Bachelor's degree in General Veterinary Sciences, Medicine, and Surgery at Murdoch University, only to join the family for the first time in the early 1990s.

Craig was therefore not only an experienced doctor within his institution but also a well-known technical diver and small-area caver by the late 2000s. He won the Oztek Diver of the Year Award for his efforts in the hobby-turned-profession back in 2009, only to follow it up with a 194-meter dive in The Kiwi Nation in 2010. The veterinary surgeon then decided to sell his hospital (Australian Animal Hospital) for good in 2017.

Craig's main focus from this point on was merely to undertake new adventures with his long-term dive partner/friend Dr. Richard "Harry" Harris, unaware they would find themselves in Thailand a year later. Considering their appropriate medical background, the couple was chosen in particular for the (completely unprecedented) final rescue mission, yet he still did not lose his temper at any point. His responsibility was to check the youngsters while administering additional anesthesia if necessary, which he's particularly proud of since they achieved 100% success

What Has Happened to Craig Challen?

The expert cave divers who conducted the operation correctly earned a lot of worldwide recognition and respect. Craig, in particular, was awarded the Star of Courage (SC) as well as the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by his home country's Governor-General within two weeks of assuming his position. On September 7, 2018, the King of Thailand officially appointed him to the Most Admirable Order of The Direkgunabhorn.

Craig was honored with the 2019 Australian of the Year award alongside Dr. Richard Harris just months after the duo published their eerie joint memoir on this mysterious topic, 'Against All Odds.' From what we can tell, the retired doctor from Perth, Western Australia, has grown into a motivational speaker.

Dr. Craig combines topics such as risk-reward, leadership, resilience, and courage in his keynote speeches, stating that he wants to instill knowledge to others on the importance of acquiring opportunities before it's too late. He is also the Ambassador for an independent non-profit children's charity called The Smith Family, which aims to make opportunities for disadvantaged Australian children as well as their families to be a part of society.

Craig set another new record while doing a return dive in New Zealand in 2020 and raised the entire Australasian depth record to 245 meters (804 feet) with Harry. Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South China Sea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are just a few of the areas he has explored.

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