Elon Musk offers to help for a football team caught in Thailand cave



12 children, soccer coach caught in the cave in Thailand

GRN correspondent Stephen J. Boitano weighs in on the relief efforts.

Business magnate Elon Musk is sending engineers from two of his companies to help the 12 children and their football coach trapped in Thailand a cave for almost two weeks now.

The boys, between the ages of 11 and 16, are stuck in a partially flooded cave, with their 25-year-old coach has been since June 23.

SpaceX & Boring Co engineers under the leadership of Thailand tomorrow to see if we can help to govt. There are probably many rules that are hard to appreciate without being there in person.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2018

“SpaceX & Boring Co engineers under the leadership of Thailand tomorrow to see if we can help to govt,” Musk tweeted. “There are probably a lot of complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person.”

Maybe worth a try: place a 1m diameter nylon tube (or shorter tubes for the hardest parts) through the network of the caves & blow up with air like a bouncy castle. Need to create an air-tunnel underwater at the cave roof & car meet strange forms, such as the 70cm hole.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2018

Furthermore, Musk tweeted ideas to help save the group of the Tham Luang complex, in the north of Thailand.

A small velcro slit input & output in the circumferential direction (half of the stress of longitudinal direction)

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2018


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Looks like the 1st bit of water is close enough to the entrance to be pumped. The 2nd and 3rd would need batteries, pumps & pipes. If the depth of the 2nd is correct, it would have ~0.5 bar) tube pressure. Prob have to enter the tube, zip-up & then transit.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2018

The Thai government has confirmed that the engineers of Musk companies were on the road in an attempt to help, according to CNN.

The team was found by a few of the British volunteer divers, 10 days after they are in the cave.

The group was trapped by floods after entering the complex looking for shelter from heavy rains, sparking a huge search and rescue operation led by the Thai army. Experts from around the world, including the united kingdom, the USA, China and Australia, have traveled to Thailand to join the rescue operation.

It is estimated that the boys and their coach are located approximately 1.2 km away in the cave complex and somewhere between 2600 metres and 3,100 metres under the ground.

Now, rescuers are weighing the best options to make the team out of the cave complex, a very dangerous operation that could potentially involve diving through the caves, just wide enough for one person. None of the boys can swim, according to reports in the media.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this article. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

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