Elon Musk offers help in Thailand cave rescue

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Elon Musk has sent a team of engineers to help rescue the group of 12 children and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand.

SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt.

Mr Musk's companies could help by trying to locate the boys' precise location using Space Exploration Technologies Corp or Boring Co technology, pumping water or providing heavy-duty battery packs known as Tesla Inc Powerwalls, the spokesman said. There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person'.

Scuba diving has already proven treacherous for even the most experienced divers.

Thai Navy SEALs have attended to the group inside the cave, providing them with high-protein drinks and treating minor injuries. Most of the boys can not swim.

As he noted, the Boring Company in particular has quite a bit of experience digging holes and working with ground penetrating radar.

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A Twitter user asked the Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO if he could provide any assistance with the recovery of the 12 boys and their coach who have been stuck in a Thai cave for almost two weeks, and Musk replied in the affirmative a few hours later. "Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small".

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

Cave rescue experts have said the safest course of action might be to wait for Thailand's monsoon season to end, but that could take months and oxygen levels in the cave continue to dwindle.

Authorities are now pumping water from the cave before forecast rain hits the northern region tomorrow.

He also mused about inserting a nylon tube into the cave and inflating it "like a bouncy castle" to create an underwater tunnel.

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