Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Elon Musk Offers to Help Soccer Team Trapped In Thai Cave

Elon Musk Offers to Help Soccer Team Trapped In Thai Cave

Thai authorities and representatives for Elon Musk are discussing the possibility of using resources from Musk's companies to help rescue the boys' soccer team that is trapped in a cave, Bloomberg first reported. They became trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, which is believed to be about 4-5 miles long.

Bloomberg notes that Musk's tunneling startup, Boring Co., could possibly make its massive drills available to help in the rescue effort, but it could potentially be too risky. Musk, head of Tesla and the Boring Company, tweeted that the tube would be "light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps" and "extremely robust".

Among his tweets about the rescue, he also said: "But let's not submit to the bad mood entirely". He went on to say, "It sounds like there are other options at play as far as coring down and then the Elon Musk solution".

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has now offered the aid of engineers from his companies, Space X and the Boring Company, which landed in Chang Rai, Thailand today. Making matters worse, most of the young boys do not know how to swim.

There's been talk of escape pods to get the teenagers out, as well as an inflatable tube with airlocks. Rescuers are anxious about diminishing oxygen levels in the cavern where they have taken refuge, as well as monsoon rains that could push water levels even higher.

The boys were trapped in the cave for 10 days before a group of cave divers discovered them alive last week.

Mr Narongsak said the boys were "OK" and the air they were breathing was good.

A Thai Navy SEAL helping with the rescue operation died Friday after running out of oxygen, underlining the dangers of navigating the flooded cave system even for those with experience. But the expected heavy rains raise the risk of increased flooding and restricted access.

Rescue teams have been making preparations to save the boys, with the leader of the rescue effort saying the best window for a rescue could come in the next three or four days.

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