Thai Cave Rescue: 2 Indian Engineers rescued 12 Thai boys and Coach

The positive news regarding the Thai Cave rescue got all over the web on July 10. After a gap of 3 weeks of being trapped in the hazardous caves, all the 12 boys along with their football trainer were last saved.

During the past 18 days, a local investigation for the missing boys and their coach took the form of a multifaceted rescue task, with assistance coming from all over the globe.

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Reaching the missing people and taking them back safe and sound, undoubtedly wasn’t a simple job.

Thailand’s Navy SEALs, volunteer expert divers and even medical officers became part of the squad, which functioned really hard to get people out of the swamped caves. But, the continuous intense rainfall did not turn their cause successful and the squad required to drain the flooded water out so they could get to the abandoned boys.

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This is where Thailand came within reach of Kirloskar Brothers Limited—a pump making firm.

Amongst the 7-member squad from Kirloskar, which got set up in Thailand on July 5, comprised Prasad Kulkarni from Sangli and Shyam Shukla, an engineer from the city of Pune.

Their task was to draw off water from the 4-kilometre long cave.

While talking to media people, Kulkarni stated, “Our work was to remove water from the cave, which has sharp 90 degree turns. The incessant rainfall posed a huge problem as the water level just couldn’t recede. The generator-based power supply was erratic. So, we had to use smaller pumps. The cave is in a 20 sq km hill, which was dark and damp. Its topography is such that even scuba divers could not help at times.”

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Shukla too talked over this, stating “Reaching the boys was a difficult task. The cave is very narrow and is not a plain terrain. But we managed to pump out the water from the cave.”

After the task got fulfilled, Thailand’s ambassador to India, Chutintorn Gongsakdi, thanks to the nation via a special tweet

“While in diplomacy, as in life, following your heart & taking the path of least resistance, is often the preferred choice; the less familiar &the more difficult path, maybe the intellectual choice that you have to make in the interest of your country. Thailand, go for India!” he said.

by Vijay Singh | Thu, Jul 12 - 12:27 PM

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