Secret Indian hand behind successful Thai rescue operation
While Thailand celebrated the successful mission to rescue 12 boys and their football coach from a cave on July 10 and the whole world rejoiced it, an Indian connection behind this operation went almost unnoticed. A team of experts from an Indian firm provided technical support in the nerve-shredding three-day mission till the last group of four boys and the coach emerged alive from the cave after 18 days.
Headquartered in Pune, Kirlosker Brothers' Limited's (KBL) played a crucial role in the operations to rescue the football team trapped inside the cave system in Thailand. The KBL came into the picture after the Indian Embassy recommended its name to the Thai authorities saying that it had expertise in "dewatering".
The Thai authorities soon contacted the company, which sent teams from its offices in India, Thailand and the United Kingdom to the site, the company said in a statement after the rescue operation was over.
The experts from KBL were on 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". The 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.
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 practise and got trapped when heavy rains caused flooding.
(With PTI inputs)