Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Elon Musk offers help in Thailand cave rescue

Elon Musk offers help in Thailand cave rescue

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.

Citing a Tesla spokesperson, The Sydney Morning Herald reports the company is in talks with Thai authorities, but they are not believed to have taken Musk up on his offers to help. Over the years, he has also used social media to respond to global disasters.

Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit. The billionaire entrepreneur said this would create an underwater air tunnel with the ability to "auto-conform to odd shapes".

Musk tweeted that he was sending employees from his companies SpaceX and Boring to see if they could help.

The Thai soccer team has been stuck in the cave since June 23.

Musk added on Friday that his engineers will have to assess the "many complexities" of the situation further in person.

Over the past couple days, Musk posited possible ways his companies could help in Thailand.

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

The reason for the shift is not clear, but Musk's tweets have driven business in the past. "Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small".

Rescuers have also explored digging a hole into the cave system to reach the boys. "If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps".

Musk said his Boring Co, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, had advanced ground penetrating radar, and suggested an air tunnel constructed with soft tubing like a Bouncy Castle could provide flexible passage out.

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