Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Watch Elon Musk's Thai Cave rescue submarine in action

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Jan Cook | 09 July, 2018, 06:58

Billionaire Elon Musk is sending a team of engineers to Thailand to explore ways to help rescue a boys' football team stuck in a cave. Musk also has developed a plan that he believes may work to provide oxygen for the soccer team as rescuers attempt to save them.

"SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt", Musk tweeted.

The development comes as the frantic rescue effort has turned deadly. Powerwalls. However, it is now unclear if Thai officials will accept Musk's help.

In a message posted on Twitter, Musk said he imagines local authorities have a handle on the situation, but said he's willing to offer the services of his companies if they'd help.

On Saturday, Musk tweeted that he was interested in designing "a tiny, kid-sized submarine" that would be "light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps".

Mr Musk said he was constructing the mini-submarine in Los Angeles with his SpaceX team, and expected it to be completed by about 12:30pm AEST.

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While the oxygen level had stabilised, he warned levels of "carbon dioxide are another factor" in considering when to move the group - in addition to impending rains which could cover much of the muddy ledge on which the group are sheltering.

"Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks", he wrote.

In addition, Musk tweeted ideas to help rescue the group from the Tham Luang complex, in northern Thailand.

His news of creating an escape pod came after U.S. and Thai officials got four boys out of the flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer coach.

Major general Chalong Chai of the Thai army, told Sky News, "They will use the same masks as the divers but they need more time to become more skilfull". Chiang Rai's Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced that no further action would be taken until the Thailand rescue team ensured everyone that all conditions were stable for a second wave of evacuations. The team has been trapped in the cave for two weeks.

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