Elon Musk working to help increasingly desperate Thai cave situation

Thai Cave Boys Rescue

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With so much at stake, Elon Musk's team of SpaceX and Boring Company engineers appear to be the most well-suited individuals to tackle and remedy the situation of the flooded cave in Thailand, and it is hoped that the rescue mission will be successful.

A Thai Navy SEAL helping with the rescue operation died on Friday, underlining the dangers of navigating the flooded cave system even for those with experience.

Though rescuers found the group after nine days and they have received food, blankets and medical attention, it is still a risky dive and scramble through four kilometres of tunnels where they are trapped in - as they can not swim or dive. The Thai engineer wrote that he had helped connect Musk's companies with the Thai government.

Most of the boys do not know how to swim, never mind dive in such a complex environment. The billionaire entrepreneur said this would create an underwater air tunnel with the ability to "auto-conform to odd shapes".

When the whole world is praying for a safe return of the boys, a Twitter user asked for Elon Musk's help. That's why rescuers need to pump water out of the cave tunnels in Chiang Rai.

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. They had gone missing on June 23. Time is of the essence as concerns mount over depleting oxygen levels and pending heavy rains.

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Will this solution work?

Musk was approached on Twitter to help the footballers and initially said Thai authorities probably had it under control.

Officials have also contemplated supplying the boys and their coach with food, water and oxygen to stay in the cave potentially for months until the monsoon ends and waters recede. Musk indicated on Wednesday that he might be able to help with this effort.

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

As of now, the latest update from Musk is that his team is in discussions with the cave experts in Thailand to design an escape pod.

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