Elon Musk sends help for soccer team stuck in Thailand cave

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Elon Musk suggests air tunnel as he sends experts to help Thai cave boys

Business magnate Elon Musk is sending engineers from two of his companies to help the 12 children and their soccer coach trapped in a Thailand cave for nearly two weeks now.

Musk said his Boring Co., whose main mission is to dig tunnels for transport systems, and SpaceX, will send engineers to Thailand on Saturday to assist with the rescue effort.

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.

The team became stuck in a Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23, but the location wasn't discovered until July 2.

Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk has said there has been "some good feedback" from experts helping to rescue the football team trapped in a Thai cave.

Mr Musk, who studied physics, has suggested using a double-layer Kevlar pressure pod or a long inflatable air sock to penetrate the narrow passageways and provide a rescue conduit.

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Chiang Rai provincial acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn made the comment at a news conference Sunday evening after rescuers extracted four of the boys from the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.

Musk has been following the story of the soccer team, tweeting his thoughts and offering to assist the Thai government in any way he could over the past week.

Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit. Making matters worse, most of the young boys do not know how to swim. The billionaire engineer is now in talks with Thai authorities to establish how the resources at his disposal - including those associated with TBC and SpaceX - could help with the cave rescue.

The Thai government released a statement Friday on Facebook confirming that Musk's team will arrive in Chiang Rai on Saturday.

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

He also considered whether it was "maybe worth trying" inserting a nylon tube into the cave network to create an air tunnel underwater.

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