Tesla’s Elon Musk sends team to help save Thai boys trapped in underground cave

The billionaire’s companies could help by trying to pinpoint the boys’ location, pumping water or providing battery packs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 1:29am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 10:25pm

Elon Musk is sending a team of engineers to Thailand to explore ways to help rescue a boys’ soccer team stuck in a cave.

The billionaire’s companies could assist by trying to pinpoint the boys’ precise location using Space Exploration Technologies Corp or Boring Co technology, pumping water or providing heavy-duty battery packs known as Tesla Powerwalls, a spokesman for Musk said earlier.

Ex-Seal dies in Thai cave during rescue dive for trapped boys

The Thai government confirmed in a statement posted to Facebook that Musk’s team will arrive on Saturday.

The 12 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. A former Thai navy Seal died on Friday when he ran out of oxygen after delivering supplies to the stranded boys.

Thai cave boys: what are the rescue options?

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 Caribbean island’s infrastructure.

Over the past couple days, Musk posited 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.

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