Built to last: Haskel boosters vital to Thai cave rescue


Haskel and their distributor, American Airworks, were recently informed by a small business owner in Thailand that a product they had supplied to the company was a vital component on the successful cave rescue of a young soccer team and their coach.

The world’s attention recently focused on Thailand where a soccer team and their coach were trapped in a flooded cave. As officials planned out the rescue operation, the level of difficulty surrounding this task was clear to everyone watching. The rescue required divers, including Navy SEALS and members of the Royal Thai Navy, to dive 1.7 kilometres through dark, narrow, rocky passages to reach the stranded team.

The historic rescue mission was an incredible success with all 13 trapped individuals being brought out from the cave safely and in good health. More than 1,000 people took part in the operation in some way, including members of the Thai army and many volunteers. One individual who contributed to the mission was the owner of Easytek Engineering, a small business in Thailand, who freely supplied the rescue team with diving gear and oxygen (O2) cylinders. That act of generosity turned out to be significant to the diving mission.

The equipment supplied by Easytek included the only gas booster that didn’t fail in service during the rescue mission. This one O2 booster operated full-time to support the necessary dive operations, sustaining the continual refilling of O2 cylinders used by the rescuers who were wearing rebreathers – approximately 600 cylinders were used throughout the operation.

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