Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Billionaire Elon Musk Offers Help for Cave 13

Billionaire Elon Musk Offers Help for Cave 13

On Friday it was confirmed that a former Thai Navy diver who had volunteered to help the rescue had died, according to government officials.

Elon Musk has detailed plans that could help free the Thai soccer team stuck inside a cave - and engineers from two of his companies are going to Thailand to help.

The boys and their coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game June 23.

Musk's SpaceX company has developed world-class technologies for space activities, while other companies founded by the USA billionaire have built heavy-duty batteries for Tesla electric cars and other uses, as well as cutting-edge earth-drilling and boring machinery.

The Thai government said on Facebook Musk's engineers will arrive Saturday.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nine days. Rescuers are moving feverishly to lower water levels with pumps and prepare the boys, most of whom can't swim, for a perilous, hours-long extraction that would include diving through pitch-black water with scuba gear.

Earlier, Musk said the idea of creating an inflatable tube with airlocks was also being explored - but that is less likely to happen considering the twists and turns of the underground network that the boys are trapped in.

The dive is also dark and risky - it took rescuers six hours to reach the team and another five hours to return to the entrance.

He also told his followers: "I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but I'm happy to help if there is a way to do so".

Gen Weerachon said the team sent by Mr Musk, best known for electric cars, batteries and tunnelling technology, might provide help such as trying to drill a tunnel to save the group.

There are still questions about the safety or effectiveness of Elon Musk's tiny submarine, as many on Twitter have questioned whether it can be safely completed and tested in such a short amount of time.

So far, around 1,000 people have got involved in the rescue operations, including navy divers, military personnel and civilian volunteers, as reported by the BBC.

One of Mr Musk's enterprises is Boring Co, which digs tunnels for transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar. "If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps".

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