Elon Musk Sends SpaceX Engineers to Save Trapped Thai Soccer Team

Eileen GuzmanJul 08, 2018

The paper reported that a year ago, after a devastating hurricane hit Puerto Rico, the government there asked Musk for help.

He also proposed installing a 1m diameter nylon tube and inflating it "like a bouncy castle" to see if that would clear the water and provide a tunnel that the trapped boys could simply walk through.

"Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes" Musk wrote.

Busadee Santiphithak, director-general of the Information Department, said the Thai engineer will later be joined by three more engineers from Musk's Tesla, SpaceX and Boring companies to study rescue measures.

Another engineer was already in the country on holiday and six more are expected to land Sunday, Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand's military government, said in a Saturday briefing in Bangkok.

Mr Musk initially explored whether The Boring Company, which he founded in 2016, could help rescue efforts using its "advanced ground penetrating radar".

However, the dive is complex - with one Navy SEAL dying during the rescue efforts - and numerous boys do not know how to swim.

Mr Narongsak said the boys were "OK" and the air they were breathing was good. So far, explorers have not been successful with this option.

The rescue operation has proven challenging to date as swimming to safety could take about five hours and would require navigating through tight and dark passageways.

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.

A rescue team has been assembled from around the world to rescue the team, which became trapped by floodwater while exploring the Tham Luang cave network in northern Thailand.

Among his tweets about the rescue, he also said: "But let's not submit to the bad mood entirely". The boys were discovered alive nine days after being declared missing, and rescuers are now racing against time to get them out. "If Elon says it will work hopefully it will", said Bell.

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