Rescue op: 48-yr-old Indian engineer makes nation proud

Manasi Saraf Joshi
Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Prasad Kulkarni who is working with Kirloskar for over two decades now said that his family members including his parents, wife and two daughters are feeling very proud of him. “I haven’t called them yet as we have just completed our rescue operations. This is the first call I am receiving after completing the task,” he said to Sakal Times correspondent.

Pune: “Meditation has played a key role for the 12 children and their coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai Province, North Thailand for past two weeks,” said Prasad Kulkarni, a 48-year-old engineer who was one of the rescue team members from Kirloskar Brothers (Pumps) Limited, Kirloskarwadi, Maharashtra, from ground zero.

Speaking exclusively with Sakal Times from Myanmar (Burma) border, Kulkarni said, “I and my team members are feeling proud as we could do something for our nation. We are here for last one week and it was a very challenging and difficult task.”

“Another moment of proud was when the rescued children and their coach told after coming out from the caves that they could survive as they focused more on meditation. Meditation is an ancient art of India and it has helped these children aged between 11 and 16 years to survive in the difficult times. 
Meditation boosted their spirits and gave them the motivation to fight the odds,” Kulkarni said.

“We were hopeful from the day we joined the rescue operations. I would like to dedicate the success to the team members and Kirloskar authorities. The exact point of view and technological expertise helped us in successfully completing our task,” Kulkarni added.

Kulkarni who is working with Kirloskar for over two decades now said that his family members including his parents, wife and two daughters are feeling very proud of him. “I haven’t called them yet as we have just completed our rescue operations. This is the first call I am receiving after completing the task,” he said to Sakal Times correspondent.

He further said, “There were numerous challenges in this operations as incessant rains and difficult way to reach up to the caves. Latest technological gadgets and its to the point use gave an upper hand for Kirloskar during the rescue operations.”

Meanwhile, his cousin Kishor Kulkarni said that the entire family has been glued to television since the day Prasad left for Thailand. He also said that Kirloskar company also has a 
unit in Thailand.

Thailand govt applauds India, Kirloskar company

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand Government has appreciated the Government of India (GoI) and Indian people through a letter issued after the operations were successfully completed. The letter further mentioned that the Thailand government wants to Thank the M/S Kirloskar Brothers Limited in Thailand for providing technical expertise in fluid management. A letter signed by Don Pramudwinai also mentions that on behalf of the Royal Thai government and the entire nation, in particular, those missing thirteen and their families, I express my heartfelt gratitude to Your Excellency and the people of Republic of India. 

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