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Tesla chief Elon Musk sends engineers to Thailand to help in cave rescue

Tesla chief Elon Musk sends engineers to Thailand to help in cave rescue

Tesla chief Elon Musk sends engineers to Thailand to help in cave rescue
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By Suman Singh  Jul 6, 2018 8:23:03 PM IST (Updated)

Thirteen boys and their soccer coach have been trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai in Thailand.

Tesla chief Elon Musk on Friday said he is sending engineers from two of his companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company, to help with the rescue of a boys’ soccer team, which is trapped in a cave in Thailand, CNBC reported.

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Musk, the chief executive officer of the electric carmaker, took to Twitter to express his concern and intention to support the Thailand government in the rescue efforts.
Thirteen boys and their soccer coach have been trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai in Thailand.
An ex-navy diver was found dead in one of the the cave’s passageways, after his oxygen tank ran out inside the cave during the operation, the report said.
Here is how Elon Musk proposes to help with the rescue efforts:
  • Engineers from his space exploration company SpaceX and tunneling firm, The Boring Company, would travel to Thailand on Saturday.
  • Technicians could pump water through the cave and provide Tesla-made “Powerpack” battery packs to provide electricity to boost the pump rate, Musk said earlier this week.
    • Musk also raised the possibility of a nylon tube being inserted into the cave to inflate it with air "like a bouncy castle."
    • The Tesla owner said that he is “happy to help” if there is a way to do so.
      • The Tesla chief executive suggested ways of helping the rescue efforts, involving the use of his companies’ technology to pinpoint the exact location of the boys and pump out water to reach them.
      • The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their assistant coach were found inside the Tham Luang cave in northern Chiang Rai province on Monday, after nine days underground. They went missing after setting out to explore the cave on June 23.
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