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Tesla’s Elon Musk offers to help rescue Thai soccer team trapped in underground caves

Musk’s companies said they could help by trying to determine the boys’ precise location, pumping water or providing heavy-duty battery packs

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 July, 2018, 3:59am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2018, 11:37am

Representatives for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk are in talks with Thai authorities about aiding in the rescue of a soccer team stuck in a cave, a Musk spokesman said.

Musk’s companies could help by trying to determine the boys’ precise location using Space Exploration Technologies Corp or Boring Company technology, pumping water or providing heavy-duty battery packs known as Tesla Powerwalls, the spokesman said. It is unclear whether Thai officials will accept the offer.

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Twelve boys and their coach, who had been missing since last month, were found by two British cave divers late on Monday. Efforts to rescue them are hampered by narrow passageways and rising waters in the cave system. Most of the boys cannot swim.

Last year, after a devastating hurricane hit Puerto Rico, the government there asked Musk for help. Tesla sent Powerwalls and provided advice on rebuilding the island’s infrastructure.

Over the last couple days, Musk offered possible ways his companies could help in Thailand. “I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but am happy to help if there is a way to do so,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Musk’s tunnelling start-up Boring Company could potentially make available its huge drills or excavation expertise, but such an approach could be too dangerous for this mission.