Elon Musk building 'kid-size submarine' to rescue Thai kids in cave

09 July, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Kevin Carter
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The boys were trapped in the cave for 10 days before a group of cave divers discovered them alive last week. 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". The 48-year-old American business magnate, investor, and engineer could make its massive drills or excavation expertise from Boring Company available; however, the approach could pose some dangers for this mission, Bloomberg report suggests.

We haven't seen any reaction from Thai authorities to this idea yet, but it could provide a solution to the deadly dilemma facing Thai rescuers. It would be light enough to be carried by 2 divers and small enough for narrow gaps.

Update: In a follow-up tweet, Musk describes some features of the rescue pod.

The Thai government confirmed that the engineers from Musk's companies were en route in an effort to help, according to CNN.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has now offered the aid of engineers from his companies, Space X and the Boring Company, which landed in Chang Rai, Thailand today.

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Elon Musk says he is "happy to help" with the rescue of the Thai soccer team now stuck inside a cave.

He said he was also making an "inflatable tube with airlocks", which was "less likely to work, given tricky contours". Narongsak Osottanakorn, the commander of search and rescue said, "If it rains and the water volume increases, we have to calculate, how much time do we have?"

Overnight it emerged that a former Thai navy diver had died while returning from delivering oxygen to the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex in Northern Thailand.

Mr Musk's tunnelling start-up Boring could potentially make available its massive drills or excavation expertise, but such an approach could be too risky for this mission.

The boys and their coach have been trapped in the cave system in the country's north for about two weeks, and heavy rainfall looms in the days ahead.

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