Elon Musk Sends Team to Thailand to Help in Cave Rescue

Lynette Rowe
July 9, 2018

The Thai navy SEALs, who have been spearheading the rescue effort for the 12 boys and their soccer coach, have posted a photo on their Facebook page with a vow to bring the trapped team home from a flooded cave.

Earlier, Mr Musk said he was sending engineers from his Boring Company - which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems - and SpaceX to Thailand "to see if they can be helpful".

Musk added on Friday that his engineers will have to assess the "many complexities" of the situation further in person.

They had gone missing on June 23.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nine days.

Now, per the BBC, renewed hope joins those emotions after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stepped forward to offer the services of yet another one of his businesses, the Boring Company.

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.

An air line has been installed to the cave where the group has been trapped for almost two weeks in a chamber in the Tham Luang cave complex. However, it is unclear if Thai officials will accept his help.

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Family members pray before a shrine in Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Thailand.

On Twitter, Musk has mused about potential inventions that could help the trapped soccer team, including a miniature submarine made from part of a SpaceX rocket.

Any air sock or tube would have to be tough enough to withstand high water pressure - potentially two tons of force at a depth of 15 feet- and sharp rocks, said Douglas Hart, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

There are two or three engineers on the ground in Thailand, with more on the way, the spokesman said.

Musk later said The Boring Company is proficient at digging holes and has radar technology with underground detection capabilities.

He also considered whether it was "maybe worth trying" inserting a nylon tube into the cave network to create an air tunnel underwater.

On Thursday their parents sent letters in for the boys to read - but the governor said he was not sure if these had reached them yet.

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