Elon Musk offers engineers to help cave rescue

Florence Fletcher
July 9, 2018

Greg Moore, a regional director for the National Cave Rescue Commission, said most rescues prompt ideas that are not necessarily practical. "And for that I have a surprise to brighten up the day". Since then, Tesla's stock price has declined more than 15%.

Musk first offered to help with the rescue mission on Wednesday.He replied to a Twitter user who solicited his help, saying he was "happy to help if there is a way to do so". "Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small".

Musk added in a separate tweet that he "could dropship fully charged powerpacks and pumps" from his tunnelling start-up The Boring Company (Boring Co.) that could dig holes in the ground to ease the rescue mission.

James Yenbamroong, of a Thai aerospace company, joined in.

After Puerto Rico was devastated by a massive hurricane past year, Musk sent Tesla Powerwall batteries and offered solar services to help rebuild the island's electrical grid. Our team connected and provided some prep feedback to your team. But the extremely narrow, flooded sections of the cave have already proved treacherous and even deadly for rescuers. "For vertical drill, it's about 1/2 mile down and tricky".

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Given the unprecedented challenge in this rescue effort, Musk said in one of his tweets that it maybe worth trying to build a one-metre-wide nylon tube network with a shorter set of tubes in the most hard sections and then inflate the tubes with air to create something like a bouncy castle to transport the boys out of the cave.

The tech entrepreneur has taken to Twitter suggesting an underwater air tube which could be created for the children to crawl through.

On Thursday their parents sent letters in for the boys to read - but the governor said he was not sure if these had reached them yet. Proposed "buddy dive' plan to rescue boys in Thai cave could launch this weekendThai officials say the 12 boys stranded inside the cave are strong enough to walk but can't swim safely yet".

He said engineers from his Boring Co and SpaceX companies needed to be on site to appreciate the complexities of evacuation.

The 8 remaining boys could be weaker so those option could still be considered.

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