Monday, 16 July, 2018

Elon Musk sends Boring aid to soccer team trapped in Thailand cave

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Kelvin Reese | 08 July, 2018, 23:41

Musk's SpaceX company has developed world-class technologies for space activities, while other companies founded by the United States billionaire have built heavy-duty batteries for Tesla electric cars and other uses, as well as cutting-edge earth-drilling and boring machinery.

However, the dive is complex - with one Navy SEAL dying during the rescue efforts - and numerous boys do not know how to swim.

Elon Musk has tried his hand at many an industry.

Rescue teams from around the world have flown to Thailand to help with the efforts after the group of 12 boys and their coach became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Raicaves when a monsoon struck. With more rain on the way, officials have said they need to move quickly to get the boys out of the cave or else they could have to wait months before they get another chance.

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". Divers have been teaching them diving and breathing techniques.

On the surface, a huge military and civilian rescue operation is racing against the clock to bring the boys to safety.

We haven't seen any reaction from Thai authorities to this idea yet, but it could provide a solution to the deadly dilemma facing Thai rescuers.

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A Thai navy SEAL died early Friday as he attempted a rescue mission to save the 12 boys and their coach.

Narongsak says the rescue mission was launched because floodwaters inside the cave are at their most optimal level.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai's former governor, told reporters their best chance yet to free the party could be in coming days before heavy rains set in, although he did not give a precise timeframe for a rescue attempt.

The coach, who has faced criticism for taking the boys out in the cave, also wrote an apology note addressed to his players' parents.

Authorities in Thailand have been in a race against heavy rains as they try to find a way to extract the group trapped for almost two weeks in the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand, a saga that has transfixed a nation.

In addition, one of his companies reportedly has the technology for precision tracking to locate the area where the boys have been stranded for over a fortnight.

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