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Elon Musk Sends Engineers to Help Soccer Team Trapped in Thailand

08 July, 2018, 23:38 | Author: Melinda Barton
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Musk theorised that it could be possible to pump air through nylon tubes to create an artificial pocket of air against the roof of the flooded tunnels.

Musk said earlier this week that technicians could pump water through the cave and provide Tesla-made battery packs to provide electricity to boost the pump rate.

The kind of tiny submarine Musk is describing could allow professional divers to bring the boys out without requiring the boys to do anything more than lay still.

Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand. None of the boys can swim, according to media reports. Divers have been teaching them diving and breathing techniques.

"Elon Musk will send his team to Thailand tomorrow (7th July) to help in cave rescue".

Thai navy SEALs say rescuers have taken four members of a youth soccer team out of the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks, part of an operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach.

In a message posted on Twitter, Musk said he imagines local authorities have a handle on the situation, but said he's willing to offer the services of his companies if they'd help.


Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in waterlogged caves in Thailand will not be rescued overnight as they can not dive, an official says. There has been no immediate official reaction to his plans.

Chaiyaporn Siripornpaiboon, a cave expert at the Department of Mineral Resources, told The Nation that the cave's floodwater level has become the most crucial factor in determining which option would be the most appropriate to rescue the stranded footballers.

The coach, who has faced criticism for taking the boys out in the cave, also wrote an apology note addressed to his players' parents.

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.

Reuters is reporting that at least two boys are out of the cave.

Heavy rain could make the rescue mission even tougher because water levels would rise and make passage in some areas hard.

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