U.S. Firm Helps Thais to Pump Water From Cave to Save Boys

Cave with water

Xylem, which has a market capitalization of about $12 billion, has previously helped in rescue operations after mine collapses in Pennsylvania and Chile.

August 14, 2018
Dan Murtaugh - Bloomberg

Like much of the world, Patrick Decker has been engrossed in the saga of 12 boys and their soccer coach who became trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Unlike most, Decker is in a position to do something about it.

As chief executive officer of Xylem Inc., one of the world’s top water technology firms, Decker spent much of last week reaching out to Thai officials and mobilizing his company of 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. Thai Navy SEALs and international cave diving experts extracted eight boys over Sunday and Monday.


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