Elon Musk offers help for soccer team trapped in Thailand cave

Ross Houston
July 7, 2018

He also considered whether it was "maybe worth trying" inserting a nylon tube into the cave network to create an air tunnel underwater.

The Thai government confirmed on Facebook that Musk's engineers are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Over the years, he has also used social media to respond to global disasters.

Mr Musk's companies could assist by trying to pinpoint the boys' precise location using Space Exploration Technologies or Boring technology, pumping water or providing heavy-duty battery packs known as Tesla Powerwalls, a spokesman for Mr Musk said earlier. A previous rescue effort has already claimed the life of a former Thai Navy SEAL.

In addition, one of his companies reportedly has the technology for precision tracking to locate the area where the boys have been stranded for over a fortnight. Numerous passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim.

But the boys are also safe where they are.

Mr Narongsak said the boys were "OK" and the air they were breathing was good. So far, explorers have not been successful with this option.

When asked if a rescue attempt would be made tonight, Narongsak Osotthanakorn replied: "No, the boys can't dive at this time".

Musk tweeted the announcement after another Twitter user pleaded for him to help the 12 boys and their coach, who have been underground for nearly two weeks.

The development comes as the frantic rescue effort has turned deadly.

Authorities are anxious about a worst-case scenario where heavy downpour for an extended period in the area could lead to complete flooding inside the cave, including the area now occupied by the boys and more than 10 Navy SEAL members.

They were found in the cave on Monday, after spending nine days trapped underground.

They became trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, which is believed to be about 4-5 miles long. "If Elon says it will work hopefully it will", said Bell.

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