Over 100 ‘chimneys’ drilled into mountain in bid to reach trapped boys

Over 100 ‘chimneys’ drilled into mountain in bid to reach trapped boys

He wrote that engineers from two of his companies, the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and the tunnel-construction company Boring Company, were leaving for Thailand on Saturday to offer assistance to the Thai government.

Thai authorities and representatives for Elon Musk are discussing the possibility of using resources from Musk's companies to help rescue the boys' soccer team that is trapped in a cave, Bloomberg first reported.

A rescue team has been assembled from around the world to rescue the team, which became trapped by floodwater while exploring the Tham Luang cave network in northern Thailand. It remains unclear whether Musk's submarine will be used to aid retrieval of the team but the SpaceX CEO also suggests the submarine could be modified for use as an "escape pod in space."

Soon, the founder of an engineer company in Thailand got involved, and things got technical. But as traditional and straightforward methods prove inadequate to rescue the children and their coach, Elon Musk is turning to technology to design a kid-size submarine that will help save the boys.

The Thai Government said Mr Musk's team could help the rescue operation with location tracking, water pumping or battery power.

"I would never bet against Elon Musk", Choueiri said.

The tubes and pods are being built in the USA, a spokesman said.

"There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person", he added.

The cave system is some six miles long, and the main concern now is that the rising water levels are cutting short their oxygen supply.

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and global experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out. The group is now the focus of the worldwide rescue teams. He also tweeted suggestions like inflatable tubes and pods to create an air tunnel passageway underwater.

The boys were trapped in the cave for 10 days before a group of cave divers discovered them alive last week.

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