The daring Thailand cave rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a Thai cave met a successful end yesterday, saving a total of thirteen people, a football team of 12 young boys and their coach.
Experts from a Pune-headquartered firm gave technical support in the operations to rescue the football team trapped inside a cave system in Thailand. Kirloskar Brothers Limited ‘dewatering’ pumps were used in the rescue operations upon the recommendation of Indian Embassy to Thai authorities.
The company sent teams from its offices in Indian, Thailand and the United Kingdom to the site. Kirloskar’s experts were on the site at the cave in Tham Luang since July 5 and offered, Technical know- how and advice on dewatering and pumps involved in the rescue operation; said a KBL release.
KBL had also offered to provide four specialised high capacity Autoprime dewatering pumps, which were kept ready at Kirloskarvadi plant in Maharashtra to be airlifted to Thailand, said the release. The last five members of the young football team were rescued from the flooded Thai cave on July 10 after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside the cave.
A total of 12 children, aged from 11 to 16, and their coach, ventured into the Tham Luang cave in mountainous northern Thailand on June 23 after football practice and were trapped when heavy rains caused flooding.