Thailand cave: Elon Musk has weird solution to save trapped boys

Thailand cave: Elon Musk has weird solution to save trapped boys

In a statement to BBC, a spokesperson for The Boring Company said the company will offer more details once it works out with the Thai government what would be most helpful.

Musk began by suggesting a potential solution to help rescue the team and their coach who went missing late last month.

"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", he said on Twitter.

James Yenbamroong, founder and chief executive of Thai satellite communications business Mu Space Corp, said that SpaceX, Mr Musk's aerospace and transportation business, had "reached out to us today to help connect to Thai govt".

"Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes" Musk wrote.

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He estimates an inflatable tube would use up to 1,000 times less power than pumping water and could free the boys after a 40-minute walk instead of a five-hour swim.

The boys and their teacher have been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Northern Thailand since June 23.

As Musk himself notes, his back-of-the-envelope calculations might not fit the realities of the scenario, which is why his engineers are heading to the location in person. As CNN reports, a former navy diver just passed away while attempting a rescue mission due to a drop in oxygen levels underground.

There's no denying the rescue mission is a unsafe one, that was highlighted earlier today (July 6) when a former Navy Seal died after he ran out of oxygen 1.2 miles inside the underground system.

As he noted, the Boring Company in particular has quite a bit of experience digging holes and working with ground penetrating radar. He also said he could send Tesla's commercial Powerpack batteries or water pumps to help remove water from the flooded cave.

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