Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Elon Musk Sends SpaceX Engineers to Save Trapped Thai Soccer Team

Elon Musk Sends SpaceX Engineers to Save Trapped Thai Soccer Team

He said Boring Co.'s pumps and Tesla battery packs could be useful for removing water from the 6-mile cave.

Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit.

The team was found by a pair of British volunteer divers, 10 days after they entered the cave.

Earlier this week, Musk offered engineers from two of his other companies - SpaceX and The Boring Company - to assist the Thai government.

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The rescue mission has proven to be exceedingly complex, numerous passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim. Musk theorised that it could be possible to pump air through nylon tubes to create an artificial pocket of air against the roof of the flooded tunnels.

When the whole world is praying for a safe return of the boys, a Twitter user asked for Elon Musk's help.

Rescue workers work near the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 7, 2018. On June 23, there was a missing report about the group for the first time.

Teams of Thai and global divers have since supplied them with food, oxygen and medical attention, but there are mounting concerns about the oxygen level in the chamber, which officials said had fallen to 15%. It is unclear whether Thai officials have accepted the offer.

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It is not clear whether Musk's solution will be seriously considered or whether it would work better than the methods already being explored by rescuers. Proposed "buddy dive' plan to rescue boys in Thai cave could launch this weekendThai officials say the 12 boys stranded inside the cave are strong enough to walk but can't swim safely yet. If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps". He further wrote: "Boring Co has advanced ground penetrating radar & is pretty good at digging holes".

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Hours after four boys were confirmed to have been rescued from the cave, Musk tweeted a video of a small submarine-like vessel being tested in a swimming pool.

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