We are very pleased to share the news that CHL member company Xylem Inc. played a role in the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach in Thailand. They became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water cut them off deep inside a cave.
As the head of one of the world’s top water technology firms, CEO Patrick Decker reached out to Thai officials and mobilized Xylem’s 17,000 employees to help. Decker said he sent four engineers to the cave site, and they assisted rescuers by boosting pumping power 40 percent.
“When we heard the boys were found and began to see the visual imagery on TV of the water conditions and what it looked like in the cave, and I saw these hoses with water pouring out of them, I thought, ‘We need to get somebody there to be sure they’re getting maximum water out of these pumps,'” Decker said in an interview in Singapore.
The 12th boy and his coach were the last of the team to be rescued Tuesday, July 10th, after a complicated three-day operation to extricate the team.
Learn more about Xylem’s contribution to the rescue effort:
CNBC Video Interview with Patrick Decker: This company is assisting in the Thai cave rescue