Elon Musk Sends SpaceX Engineers to Save Trapped Thai Soccer Team

The billionaire behind the Tesla vehicle and the SpaceX rocket company, had said he would send engineers to help.

Regarding Mr Musk's alternative plan of providing pumps and batteries, Mr Mirza said: "With all due respect to Mr Musk, I am not sure that he or his engineers have a real good handle on exactly what they're dealing with in this particular situation".

The unit says in a message: "We, the Thai team and the worldwide team, will bring the Wild Boars home".

Given the unprecedented challenge in this rescue effort, Musk said in one of his tweets that it maybe worth trying to build a one-metre-wide nylon tube network with a shorter set of tubes in the most hard sections and then inflate the tubes with air to create something like a bouncy castle to transport the boys out of the cave.

He estimated a 3-mile walk at a brisk pace through this inflated network "would take 40 [minutes] or so".

Before the current rescue mission began, Elon Musk tweeted that he was designing an "escape pod" built from "the liquid oxygen transfer tube" of a SpaceX Falcon rocket that could be used as a submarine. He also mentioned they could provide pumping equipment.

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After practising football, 12 boys aged 11-16 years old and their coach went to visit a cave name Tham Laung. Musk theorised that it could be possible to pump air through nylon tubes to create an artificial pocket of air against the roof of the flooded tunnels. None of the boys can swim, according to media reports.

One of Mr Musk's enterprises is Boring Co, which digs tunnels for transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar.

Elon Musk has a lot of resources at his disposal, and not just in terms of raw purchasing power. "They are now at the field hospital near the cave", Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

Musk's tunnelling startup the Boring Company could potentially make available its massive drills or excavation expertise, but such an approach could be too risky for this mission. He added that it could supply "fully charged Powerpacks and pumps" to aid authorities.

However, the dive is complex - with one Navy SEAL dying during the rescue efforts - and numerous boys do not know how to swim.

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