Tesla founder's offer of submarine to help in Thai cave rescue remains

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Elon Musk may be on track to becoming a key player in rescuing a Thai boys' soccer team that has been trapped in a flooded cave for several days.

The rescue mission has proven to be exceedingly complex, numerous passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim.

The boys, 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the cave after a soccer game two weeks ago, when monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

With so much at stake, Elon Musk's team of SpaceX and Boring Company engineers appear to be the most well-suited individuals to tackle and remedy the situation of the flooded cave in Thailand, and it is hoped that the rescue mission will be successful. As TechCrunch reports, the Model 3 received the update yesterday, as confirmed in a tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern province after a football game two weeks ago.

The Thai officials did not say if Musk's escape pods were part of the immediate plan.

"SpaceX team reached out to us today to help connect to Thai govt.", said Musk on Twitter.

While the oxygen level had stabilised, he warned levels of "carbon dioxide are another factor" in considering when to move the group - in addition to impending rains which could cover much of the muddy ledge on which the group are sheltering.

Rescue attempts have already led to one fatality, that of former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan, who brought tanks of air to the boys and their coach, then lost consciousness in one of its passageways on his swim out of the complex.

"Boring Co has advanced ground penetrating radar & is pretty good at digging holes", Musk tweeted Thursday, adding another option was for his group to "dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps". That's why rescuers need to pump water out of the cave tunnels in Chiang Rai.

It is not yet known whether SpaceX will use taxpayer funding to assist the Thai rescue effort, or if Musk is funding the mission himself.