Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Elon Musk Sends Team to Thailand to Help in Cave Rescue

Elon Musk Sends Team to Thailand to Help in Cave Rescue

Hours after four boys were confirmed to have been rescued from the cave, Musk tweeted a video of a small submarine-like vessel being tested in a swimming pool.

"Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try".

He said he was also making an "inflatable tube with airlocks", which was "less likely to work, given tricky contours".

He added that the rains had stopped in the past few days, giving the rescue operation some space to make several areas in the cave dry enough for rescue workers to access.

The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company, while SpaceX is Musk's aerospace venture. Musk indicated on Wednesday that he might be able to help with this effort.

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are ideal in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", he told reporters this afternoon. Since then, Tesla's stock price has declined more than 15%. "I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but am happy to help if there is a way to do so", he wrote on Twitter.

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He also raised the possibility of a nylon tube being inserted into the cave to inflate it with air "like a bouncy castle". He began by touting Boring Company's "advanced ground penetrating radar" and suggested that if his tech could help, he could "dropshop fully charged Powerpacks and pumps".

James Yenbamroong, of a Thai aerospace company, joined in.

The unit says in a message: "We, the Thai team and the global team, will bring the Wild Boars home". Our team connected and provided some prep feedback to your team. Much of the path out of the cave is flooded, and in places the cave gets as narrow as 70cm.

Thai rescue workers have drilled through rock connected to the cave the 12 boys are trapped inside, in an attempt to get them out safely.

The statement issued Friday said: "We are impressed with the courage and strength the young boys and their coach have shown despite the scary circumstances they find themselves in".

The boys are said to be in good health and have practised wearing diving masks and breathing in preparation for the potential complex dive. "Based on the complexity and difficulty of the cave environment it is unknown how long it might take and how many children would exit the cave".

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