Elon Musk has sent Boring Co. and SpaceX engineers to assist in the rescue operation of a youth soccer team that is trapped in a cave in Thailand. The billionaire Tesla boss suggested some ideas on how to save the 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave for nearly two weeks.
“Once we confirm what exactly will be helpful to send or do, we will. We are getting feedback and guidance from the people on the ground in Chiang Rai to determine the best way for us to assist their efforts,” a spokesperson for The Boring Co. said.
The Thai government, as well as the more than 1,000 people involved in the rescue operation, has been unsuccessful thus far in saving the boys aged 11 to 16. The boys soccer club were exploring the cave with their 25-year-old soccer coach when a flash flood trapped them inside the lengthy cave. The group is confined in a small chamber that is about 2.5 miles from the mouth of the cave. The boys are hungry and exhausted as oxygen levels have fallen to about 15%, down from the usual 21%.
International divers have supplied the boys with food, oxygen, and medical aid, making the treacherous journey where some of the caverns are only 3-feet-wide. The karstic cave complex lies beneath a mountain range on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. Heavy monsoon rains are in the forecast this weekend for the area and could threaten more flooding and halt any rescue attempts.
Sadly, a former Thai navy SEAL diver died on Friday while attempting to deliver supplies to the youth soccer team. Petty Officer Saman Gunan ran out of oxygen on his way back after delivering oxygen to the boys.