Elon Musk wants to rescue kids in Thailand cave with mini submarine

The rescue mission has proven to be exceedingly complex, numerous passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim.

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. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Though it is unclear if the Thai government accepted Musk's offer, James Yenbamroong who is the CEO and founder of Thai space technology start-up mu Space Corp said the SpaceX team have reached out to them to help connect to the Thai government.

Elon Musk is coming to the rescue.

It is not clear whether the Thai government is willing to use Musk's solution as opposed to the expertise of its divers.

Rescue teams from around the world have flown to Thailand to help with the efforts after the group of 12 boys and their coach became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Raicaves when a monsoon struck. One rescue diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan of the Royal Thai Navy, died on Thursday.

"Maybe worth trying: insert a 1m diameter nylon tube (or shorter set of tubes for most hard sections) through cave network & inflate with air like a bouncy castle", Musk tweeted Thursday. Rescuers are anxious about diminishing oxygen levels in the cavern where they have taken refuge, as well as monsoon rains that could push water levels even higher.

Mr Narongsak said the boys were "OK" and the air they were breathing was good.

According to Bloomberg, representatives for Musk are in discussions with Thai authorities regarding assisting in the ongoing rescue efforts.

When asked about the timeline of submarine construction, Musk, who was in Los Angeles working with the SpaceX team, explained he plans to complete construction in around eight hours and fly the sub to Thailand, which will take another 17 hours.

Then he posited several ideas including offering Boring Co. resources for "ground penetrating radar" and by providing fully charged Powerpacks and pumps.

  • Stacy Allen