Elon Musk Sends Team to Thailand to Help in Cave Rescue

Elon Musk speaks at Boring Company community meeting in Bel Air Los Angeles

Billionaire Elon Musk proposed a high-tech rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, using a "tiny, kid-size submarine" made from part of one of his space company's orbital rockets.

The group was found in the cave by British rescue divers 10 days after they went missing.

If SpaceX is able to create an escape pod that works, Musk - who enjoys a kind of cult status in the business world for building superior products in challenging, capital-intensive industries - will only further burnish his reputation as a kind of Tony Stark figure.

We haven't seen any reaction from Thai authorities to this idea yet, but it could provide a solution to the deadly dilemma facing Thai rescuers. Light enough to be carried by two divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Thai diver Saman Kunan, 38, died around 1 a.m. local time while placing oxygen takes deep underground as a lack of oxygen becomes and increasing concern for those stranded.

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

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The Thai Government said Mr Musk's team could help the rescue operation with location tracking, water pumping or battery power.

A spokesperson for the Boring Company told The Verge: "We are speaking with the Thai government to see how we can help, and we are sending SpaceX/Boring Company people from the United States to Thailand today to offer support on the ground". He also confirmed that the device could maneuver through the most narrow passages.

Musk said his Boring Co., whose main mission is to dig tunnels for transport systems, and SpaceX, will send engineers to Thailand on Saturday to assist with the rescue effort. But while that does give Musk and his team a bit more time to finalize the rescue submarine and quickly bring it to Thailand, time and the weather are not on anyone's side at the moment.

The schoolchildren and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand for nearly two weeks now.

Former Thai Navy SEAL Samarn Kunan died trying to get oxygen to the group, which just how risky getting them out would be.

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