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Musk sends Thai engineer to join rescue mission 

Jul 07. 2018
Rescuers continue to work inside Tham Luang cave Friday night.
Rescuers continue to work inside Tham Luang cave Friday night.
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By The Nation

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US entrepreneur and tech expert Elon Musk has sent his Thai engineer to explore how to rescue the 12 footballers and their coach who are stranded in the flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday.

Busadee Santiphithak, director-general of the Information Department, said the Thai engineer will later be joined by three more engineers from Musk’s Tesla, SpaceX and Boring companies to study rescue measures.

She said the three foreign engineers would arrive over Saturday night and Sunday and would travel to Tham Luang in Chiang Rai to consider digging a tunnel to evacuate the trapped boys.

The kids and coach have been stranded in the flooded cave since June 23.

Musk said earlier in one of his tweets that it maybe worth trying to build a one-metre-wide nylon tube network with a shorter set of tubes in the most difficult sections and then inflate the tubes with air to create something like a bouncy castle to transport the boys out of the cave. The underwater air tunnel can be installed against the cave roof and can auto-conform to odd shapes like a 70cm hole, Musk wrote in his tweet in response to @JamesWorldSpace.

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