Elon Musk Sends Engineers to Help Soccer Team Trapped in Thailand

Elon Musk Sends Engineers to Help Soccer Team Trapped in Thailand

Elon Musk Sends Engineers to Help Soccer Team Trapped in Thailand

"As more monsoon rains are expected, Thai authorities say the 12 boys stranded inside a cave and their coach will not be imminently rescued because they do not want to risk the boys" lives.

Alarmed by the urgency, Musk earlier announced on Twitter that engineers from his SpaceX and Boring Company, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, would head to Thailand on Saturday to help the government in the rescue operations. "Based on the complexity and difficulty of the cave environment it is unknown how long it might take and how many children would exit the cave".

Meanwhile FIFA has sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its "deepest sympathies and support" to the families of young soccer players and their coach trapped in cave in the country's north.

The team was found by a pair of British volunteer divers, 10 days after they entered the cave.

When the whole world is praying for a safe return of the boys, a Twitter user asked for Elon Musk's help.

The schoolchildren and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand for nearly two weeks now. He said representatives from the companies were in discussions with the Thai government about how they could help.

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out. One rescue diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan of the Royal Thai Navy, died on Thursday.

Musk said he was sending teams from his private space exploration firm SpaceX and the engineering firm Boring Co. which is developing tunnelling systems for transportation projects.

After Puerto Rico was devastated by a massive hurricane a year ago, Musk sent Tesla Powerwall batteries and offered solar services to help rebuild the island's electrical grid.

Heavy rain could make the rescue mission even tougher because water levels would rise and make passage in some areas hard.

"I would never bet against Elon Musk", Choueiri said.

Musk later said The Boring Company is proficient at digging holes and has radar technology with underground detection capabilities.

It is not yet known whether SpaceX will use taxpayer funding to assist the Thai rescue effort, or if Musk is funding the mission himself.

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