Thai cave rescue: Australian doctor who was last one out praises boys while grieving father's death
But speaking to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull via FaceTime, Dr Harris said the "big heroes" were the 12 children themselves, and the Thai Navy SEAL divers who looked after them in the cave.
"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," Dr Pearce said.
The Australian team in Thailand also included Dr Harris's West Australian dive partner, six Australian Federal Police divers, a Navy clearance diver and members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Crisis Rescue Team.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said it took an incredible team effort to rescue the boys, with Dr Harris playing a key role.