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Cave diving expert describes challenges in Thailand rescue

09 July, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Sara Gill
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SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said earlier this week that he'd love to help the effort to rescue a soccer team of young boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand - and now his contribution is on the way.

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

Engineers from SpaceX and The Boring Company are in Thailand assisting the government's rescue mission.

In true Elon fashion, he also joked that he would add an MP3 player to help reduce stress.

Musk has been tweeting out some idea and it looks like he might have come up with a solution.


In a tweet on Thursday he wrote that "SpaceX & Boring Co" engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt. It's advertised to be light enough for 2 divers to lead through the very narrow tunnels, which are as much a danger to the divers themselves. At times, the boys had to be hooked up with full-face oxygen masks as they swam through water filling the narrow, pitch-black cave channels.

So far, around 1,000 people have got involved in the rescue operations, including navy divers, military personnel and civilian volunteers, as reported by the BBC.

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. After Puerto Rico was devastated by a massive hurricane past year, Musk sent Tesla Powerwall batteries and offered solar services to help rebuild the island's electrical grid. VIDEO: Officials ID Thai diver who died amid soccer team rescue effort " It's extremely challenging to train someone in those conditions to dive, let alone cave dive", said Bell.

The 12 boys and their coach had been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non for more than two weeks now.

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