Elon Musk helps Thai cave rescue: On Monday, the world was left stunned. It was reported that the missing Thai soccer team had been found, but that they’re trapped in a cave.
The plan is to get the 12 boys and their coach to scuba dive out of the cave, and while this plan is underway, a fatality occurred Friday; the rescue team lost Saman Gunan, a 38-year old volunteer, who lost consciousness while bringing the boys oxygen tanks.
Now, Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, is using his platform to help relieve this terrible situation.
Elon Musk Helps Thai Cave Rescue
While the majority of the world watches this situation play out, Elon Musk announced that he is sending a team of engineers to the site in Thailand, in order to help emergency crews safely rescue the Thai soccer team.
Engineers from both of Musk’s additional companies (SpaceX and Boring Co.) will be helping the rescue efforts. Based on Musk’s tweets, the SpaceX and Boring Co. engineers will be en-route to Thailand tomorrow.
SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt. There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2018
How Can Elon Musk Help?
In order to understand why we are seeing news of Elon Musk trying to help the Thai cave rescue, it’s important to understand everything surrounding the situation, which is becoming more and more dire with each passing minute.
First, swimming to safety is not an option for the boys, as it would take around five hours, and many have indicated that they are too weak and/or cannot swim.
Second, scuba diving is proving not to be the best option. Today’s fatality was a former NAVY seal, proving that it is a challenge even for the most experienced scuba divers.
Third, the Thai rescue crews have been trying to drain the water, making it easier for the Thai soccer team to swim out. However, this plan seems like it’s going to backfire as it is forecasted to rain heavily on Saturday, July 7.
Now, this is where Elon Musk, Boring Co., and SpaceX come into play.
According to Mr. Musk, The Boring Co. has certain drilling capabilities that might allow it to drop in battery backs, as well as pumps from above.
In his tweets, Elon Musk provides a more thorough explanation:
Boring Co has advanced ground penetrating radar & is pretty good at digging holes. Don’t know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too smal. If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2018
Right now, these are just ideas. However, I can only hope that Elon Musk and his SpaceX and Boring Co. engineers are able to help with the Thai soccer team rescue.
In the meantime, we can keep the 12 Thai boys, their coach, and Saman Gunan in our prayers.
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