Elon Musk sends engineers to help Thai cave rescue mission

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

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 members of the Wild Boar soccer team were reported missing on June 23 when they didn't return from an outing after practice.

"There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person", the executive says.

In a separate tweet, Musk proposed inserting a nylon tube - 1 meter in diameter - through the cave network and inflating it with air "like a bouncy castle".

It all started with a plea from a random Twitter user.

Musk wrote in response that the water near the entrance looked as if it could be pumped out.

According to the publication, Musk may offer Tesla's Powerwall home batteries or technology from SpaceX or The Boring Company to help locate and rescue the team, though Thai officials have not announced whether they will use Musk's resources. Rescuers have been working on a variety of plans, including teaching the boys to scuba dive.

The rescue operation has proven challenging to date as swimming to safety could take about five hours and would require navigating through tight and dark passageways.

Yesterday, the dangers of the swim were made even more apparent when a former Thailand Navy SEAL drowned while trying to find the exit of the flooded tunnels.

The reason for the shift is not clear, but Musk's tweets have driven business in the past.

Elon Musk has said he is "happy to help" if there's anything he can contribute to the rescue mission of a Thai soccer team from a cave. Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too smal.

He added that it could supply "fully charged Powerpacks and pumps" to aid authorities.

Musk later said The Boring Company is proficient at digging holes and has radar technology with underground detection capabilities.

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