Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Elon Musk Could Send 'Escape Pods' To Rescue Trapped Boys In Thailand

Elon Musk Could Send 'Escape Pods' To Rescue Trapped Boys In Thailand

Musk was sure to share his admiration for the fearless kids trapped in the cave and the team of divers that's been working to rescue them and provide them with oxygen over the past few days. Proposed "buddy dive' plan to rescue boys in Thai cave could launch this weekendThai officials say the 12 boys stranded inside the cave are strong enough to walk but can't swim safely yet".

Soon, the founder of an engineer company in Thailand got involved, and things got technical.

"Continue to be amazed by the bravery, resilience & tenacity of kids & diving team in Thailand", Musk said in another tweet.

Responding to a question on Twitter, the entrepreneur and engineering mastermind said "divers who have made the passage", believe the pod is small enough to fit through the most narrow portions of the cave. By the time he posted the test drive videos, four boys had already been rescued and the operation was suspended for the night.

Before the current rescue mission began, Elon Musk tweeted that he was designing an "escape pod" built from "the liquid oxygen transfer tube" of a SpaceX Falcon rocket that could be used as a submarine. Time is of the essence since more flooding rains are expected over the weekend, and oxygen in the caves may be running low.

A spokesman for The Boring Company, which Musk founded in 2016 said: 'We are speaking with the Thai government to see how we can help, and we are sending SpaceX/Boring Company people from the United States to Thailand today to offer support on the ground.

Musk's company, Boring Co, which digs tunnels for transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar, is being utilised to help rescue the team.

On Friday the Thai government confirmed that Musk's engineers will arrive on Saturday, July 7, on its Facebook page. Efforts to rescue them are hampered by narrow passageways and rising waters in the cave system.

Eight boys and the coach remain trapped, and experts are hoping to free the rest of the boys today.

There are already dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and global experts trying to find a way to save the 12 boys and their soccer coach at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where Musk is sending the engineers.

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