Musk sends engineers to help Thai boys trapped in cave

Ivan Schwartz
July 8, 2018

A group of 12 youth soccer players and one coach have been stuck in the cave since June 23 after floodwaters blocked off the exit.

It's "l$3 ight enough to be carried by two divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps".

"Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks". Musk has had a team of engineers working on the problem for the last couple of days and has been keeping the world updated on the work via Twitter.

She said the three foreign engineers would arrive over Saturday night and Sunday and would travel to Tham Luang in Chiang Rai to consider digging a tunnel to evacuate the trapped boys. Numerous kids also can not swim, further complicating the rescue operation. Moreover, the design is robust, so any bumps or collisions along the dark narrow water-filled passages will not jeopardize the integrity of the sub. Some equipment is traveling with the team and some will be express shipped. "Training unnecessary & less susceptible to panic attack". The deeper stretches would need battery packs, air pumps, and tubes, he said. In a Friday evening tweet he described this option as "less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does".

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

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The rescue team also includes divers and workers from Australia, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe and Asia. Osottanakorn admitted the rescue mission lacked the technology "to pinpoint where they [the boys] are staying".

On Friday, a former Thai navy diver lost consciousness and died while placing oxygen canisters on a route within the cave being used in the rescue effort. As more heavy rains are expected throughout the next few days, many have been trying to get creative with ways of helping.

The billionaire entrepreneur said that a group of engineers from his companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company, would leave for Thailand on Saturday "to see if we can be helpful to the government".

"We originally thought the young boys could stay safe inside the cave for quite a long time but circumstances have changed".

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out.

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