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As the world watched throughout early July last year, heroic teams of divers and thousands of volunteers worked to save the boys of the Wild Boars football team trapped in the Tham Luang cave, about 1,000 kilometers north of Bangkok near the border of Myanmar.

The size of the cave and the heavy monsoon rain flooding made the rescue mission very difficult. To help the rescuers get closer to the children, a fast installation of a large piping system was needed to drain the flooded cave as far as possible. An Aliaxis customer (PTT NGD) in Thailand was actively involved in this part of the rescue and the connections were made with Friatec’s FRIALEN sockets. These safety fittings, manufactured in Mannheim, are designed for greater solidity and reliability of the fusion joint. Aliaxis is glad to have been able to make a small contribution to such a remarkable operation.