Elon Musk sends help to Thailand cave rescue

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The schoolboys have been trapped 800 metres underground for nearly two weeks now and according to a doctor's report two of the boys and the coach are suffering with exhaustion through malnutrition. The tubes and pods are being built in the U.S., a spokesman said.

There are two or three engineers on the ground in Thailand, with more on the way, the spokesman said.

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He has now designed a plan to help save the boys, and he said engineers from his companies would travel to Thailand on Saturday. Numerous passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim.

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. Some equipment is travelling with the team and some will be express-shipped. The deeper stretches would need battery packs, air pumps, and tubes, he said.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, have practiced breathing in scuba masks but they have not been fully trained to handle the daunting cave system.

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But, a former navy seal died laying oxygen tanks along a possible exit route after he fell unconscious and drowned.

Officials have also contemplated supplying the boys and their coach with food, water and oxygen to stay in the cave potentially for months until the monsoon ends and waters recede.

He added that the rains had stopped in the past few days, giving the rescue operation some space to make several areas in the cave dry enough for rescue workers to access.

Musk had tweeted last night that both SpaceX and his much newer, tunnel boring company, Boring Company, would be sending engineers to Thailand today to see how they could help.

Stay tuned for more information as we have it.

On Saturday, a Thai army commander says the ongoing rescue could take 2-4 days depending on conditions inside the partially flooded cave.

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