Elon Musk sends help for soccer team stuck in Thailand cave

Elon Musk sends help for soccer team stuck in Thailand cave

Over the last couple of days, Mr Musk posited possible ways his companies could help in Thailand.

In a statement to BBC, a spokesperson for The Boring Company said the company will offer more details once it works out with the Thai government what would be most helpful. "Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes like the 70cm hole".

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

They remained trapped inside the cave complex for almost two weeks before they made first contact with rescuers from the United Kingdom at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday at about 1.2 miles deep inside the cave.

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

Rescue workers work near the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 7, 2018.

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"If depth of 2nd is accurate, would need ~0.5 bar tube pressure", he wrote.

The idea of Musk lending his assistance appears to have been sparked Tuesday by a Twitter user who asked if Musk would lend a hand, to which Musk mused, "I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but I'm happy to help if there is a way to do so". They entered the cave during fine weather but became trapped when a sudden downpour flooded the narrow tunnels.

Mr Musk's tunnelling startup Boring Co could potentially make available its massive drills or excavation expertise, but such an approach could be too risky for this mission.

On Friday it was confirmed that a former Thai Navy diver who had volunteered to help the rescue had died, according to government officials. 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". "Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small", he said.

On Thursday he mentioned that Boring "has advanced ground penetrating radar" and is "pretty good at digging holes".

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