Elon Musk is sending a team to Thailand to help with cave rescue

By On July 07, 2018

Elon Musk is sending a team to Thailand to help with cave rescue

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To rescue a young Thai soccer team and their coach who are trapped in a cave, Elon Musk says he is sending specialist engineers to help get them out.

Elon Musk is sending a team of SpaceX and Boring Company engineers to Thailand to help rescue efforts for the twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave.

Several of Musk's companies could potentially be put to use rescuing the boys, including the radar location technology from the Boring Co. and SpaceX, plus drills and pumps to drain water and high-power Tesla Powerwall battery packs. Boring Co. is a venture that is building tunnels for high-speed urban transportation.

The Thai government released a statement Friday on Faceb ook confirming that Musk's team will arrive in Chiang Rai on Saturday. Tesla confirmed that he is in talks with Thailand officials.

A soccer team of twelve boys and their coach went missing late last month, only to be found on Monday trapped in a cave flooded by heavy rains. Many of the passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim.

And the situation is growing more desperate: A former Thai Navy SEAL died from lack of oxygen on Friday while attempting to replace oxygen canisters for the boys.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted on Wednesday that he was "happy to help" the Thai government's rescue efforts, and by Thursday he was pitching ideas over Twitter with James Yenbamroong, CEO of Thai space startup mu Space Corp, about potential strategies that could work.

"Maybe worth trying: insert a 1m diameter nylon tube (or shorter set of tubes for most difficult sections) through cave network &am p; inflate with air like a bouncy castle," Musk tweeted Thursday. "Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes like the 70cm hole."

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

This isn't the first time Musk has offered to aid relief efforts in a global crisis. After Puerto Rico was devastated by a massive hurricane last year, Musk sent Tesla Powerwall batteries and offered solar services to help rebuild the island's electrical grid. Tesla, which owns SolarCity, restored power to the Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maria hit.

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A Royal Thai Navy soldier carries a portrait of Saman Gunan, a former navy SEAL who died in an acciden t in Tham Luang cave in a rescue mission for the trapped 12 boys and their coach during arrival honors for Gunan's remains at a military base in Chon Buri province on July 6, 2018. Fullscreen Members of the armed forces salute as the body of Saman Kunan, former Thai navy Seal who died is flown back to his hometown in Roi Et on July 06, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Saman Kunan died while placing air tanks around the Tham Luang Nang Non caves where the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive after being missing for over a week. Fullscreen A Buddhist monk leads Royal Thai Navy soldiers carrying the bier bearing the remains of Saman Gunan, a former navy SEAL who died in a rescue mission for during an arrival ceremony. Fullscreen Family members grieve du ring arrival honors for the remains of Saman Gunan, a former Royal Thai Navy SEAL who died in an accident in Tham Luang cave. Fullscreen Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osot-tanakorn (R), who heads the rescue operation, speaks to the press as hundreds of rescuers with equipment work to free the soccer team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Friday, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen A Buddhist monk holds a praying ceremony at the entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non caves for a successful rescue for the trapped soccer team, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen People from Tachileik, Myanmar come to the entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non cave and pray for a successful rescue for the 12 trapped children and their coach. Fullscreen Soldiers carry a pump to help drain the rising flood water in a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand Friday. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from the flooded cave before more rains are forecast to hit the northern region. Fullscreen Pumps are moved from truck to be used to help drain the rising flood water in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai soldiers prepare scuba diving gear and rescue equipment during the ongoing rescue operations. Fullscreen Thai students practice meditation in an effort to send regards to the ongoing rescue operations for the child soccer team and their assistant coach, at Maesaiprasitsart scho ol in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Rescue workers carry in supplies during the ongoing operations at Tham Luang cave as they work to save the 12 soccer team members that are trapped in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Thailand. Fullscreen A Thai student shows an image of her classmate Panumas Sangdee, who is one of 13 members of a soccer team trapped in Tham Luang cave, on her mobile phone at Maesaiprasitsart School in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Kham-aoey Promthep, 64, grandmother of Duangpetch Promthep, who is one of 13 members of a soccer team trapped in Tham Luang cave, folds her grandson's soccer jersey while she waits for him to be rescued, in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Friends and children sing a song outside of a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach are trapped, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The Thai soccer teammates have been stranded more than a week in the partly flooded cave. They said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them. Fullscreen Rescuer workers prepare small diving mask to deliver inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation on July 04, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen A Thai soldier prepares oxygen for a diver during rescue operations for 12 boys and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at near Tham Luang cave at the Kh un Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, Thailand on July 4, 2018. Fullscreen A Thai navy officer carries a pig's head to worship celestial guardians and spirits as the rescue operations for the children's soccer team and their coach are ongoing, at the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 4, 2018. Fullscreen Thai soldiers carry drainpipe while heading to the cave during the ongoing rescue operations for the child soccer team and their assistant coach, at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 4, 2018. Fullscreen In this July 3, 2018, image taken from video provided by the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page, a Thai boy smiles as a Tha i Navy SEAL medic helped injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. Fullscreen Foreign divers head to Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation, on July 3, 2018, after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai marine police walks out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation of 12 boys and their soccer coach. Fullscreen Family members watch news about the cave rescue operation at a makeshift camp at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park. Fullscreen Family members and rescue staffs receive traditional massage therapy at a makeshift camp at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park. Fullscreen Hundreds of rescuers and equipments are still being sent inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation of 12 boys and their soccer coach. Fullscreen Foreign expert discuss with Thai Navy team members to continue the rescue operation, Monday. Fullscreen Personnel are sent inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex to continue rescue operations after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance on July 3, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen US Special Operations Com mand Pacific Search and Rescue Team personnel (L) greet a Thai rescue diver (R) during preparations for the rescue operation. Fullscreen Water pumping machines keep working to remove water from the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex. Fullscreen A photo released by the Royal Thai Army on July 3, 2018 shows the missing 13 young members of a youth soccer team including their coach, moments after they were found inside the cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen A happy family member shows a picture of four of the 12 boys that went missing inside a Tham Luang cave when all members of a children's soccer team and their coach were found alive in the cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Ma e Sai district of Chiang Rai province late July 2, 2018. Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were "found safe" late July 2, in a miracle rescue after days of painstaking searching by divers. Fullscreen General Bancha Duriyaphan speaks to the press after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week on July 02, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Family members smile after hearing the news that the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. A Thai provincial governor says all 12 boys and their coach have been found alive in the cave where they went missing over a week ago in northern Thailand. Fullscreen Relatives of the missing boys show photos of four of them after 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week on July 02, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn announced on Monday that the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were being rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave after they were discovered by naval special forces and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely. Fullscreen A family member smiles after hearing the news that the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. Fullscreen A family member smiles after hearing the news that the missing 12 boys and their socce r coach have been found, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. Fullscreen Thai workers carry oxygen tanks through a cave complex during a rescue operation for a missing soccer team at the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 1, 2018. Rescuers in northern Thailand looked for alternative ways into a flooded cave as they continued the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been missing since June 23 in Tham Luang Nang Non cave after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance. U.S. Forces and British divers joined the search as they worked their way through submerged passageways in the sprawling underground caverns as the search intensifies for the young soccer team, aged between 11 to 16, and their their 25-year-old coach. Fullscreen Rescue workers carry heavy water pumping equipments into Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 1, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai workers use drilling machinery equipment in an attempt to drain the water from the flooded cave during a search and rescue operation for missing soccer players and their coach in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 1, 2018. Fullscreen Buddhist monks pray for 12 boys and their soccer coach that went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Fullscreen A helicopter from Thailand's air force picks up a mini excavator to take to the mountain top where they are trying to make a hole to get into Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 01, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Rescuers make their way down at the entrance to a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Fullscreen Thai military medical personnel and associated officials practice carrying an injured person during an emergency exercise near the Tham Luang cave in Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Noon Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on June 30, 2018. Fullscreen Thai workers prepare pipes for an attempt to drain water from a flooded cave during a search and rescue operation for missing soccer players and their coach at the Tham Luang cave in Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Noon Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 1, 2018. FullscreenReplay
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