Craig Challen

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Craig Challen SC OAM is an Australian technical diver and cave explorer. He was the recipient of the Oztek 2009 Diver of the Year award for his services to caving.[1][2]

A veterinary surgeon by profession, Challen has made notable dives in Cocklebiddy Cave and Pearse Resurgence.[3] In 2010 he made a record setting 194 metre dive whilst caving in New Zealand.[4] In 2018 he was involved in a cave rescue operation in Thailand to evacuate 12 children and an adult from the flooded Tham Luang Cave system. [5]

On 24 July 2018, Challen was awarded the Star of Courage (SC) and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Governor-General of Australia for his role in the Tham Luang cave rescue.[6]


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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
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  6. ^ "Australian Honours" (PDF). Government Notices Gazette. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. 24 July 2018. ISSN 0819-7105. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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