Tech

Elon Musk Is Sending Engineers and a Space X Sub to Help the Thai Cave Rescue

The space genius has joined the international effort to save the members of a youth soccer team, who’ve been trapped in a cave for two weeks.
IMAGE Wikimedia Commons / Twitter - Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
Comments

Elon Musk is sending engineers from his companies to Thailand, where they’ll assist in efforts to rescue a youth soccer team that has been trapped in a cave for two weeks.

The team's coach and its 12 members, who range in age from 11 to 16, were all trapped in the Tham Luang Caves on June 23rd. They entered in good weather, but were unable to escape when heavy rains flooded the cave network. Divers’ discovery of the team—skinny, but alert after ten days in the dark without food—sparked international elation. But rescuers were instantly faced with a new predicament, as freeing the weakened kids, most of whom reportedly don’t know how to swim, would involve guiding them on a treacherous, five-hour-long dive through narrow tunnels. One such trip already claimed the life of an expert diver, ex-navy Seal Saman Kunan, who was delivering oxygen to the boys.

Enter Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has begun working on the rescue effort after a Tweet urging him to do so went viral.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Bloomberg news confirmed that nine Musk-affiliated engineers are arriving to assist the rescue in the next few days.

Musk, who trained as a physicist before he became an entrepreneur, offered the services of The Boring Company, his tunnel-building endeavor. However, over the weekend, Musk confirmed that his team of engineers was working on a "kid-sized submarine" and offered details about its design.

Hours ago, Musk tweeted to to show video of the submarine surfacing from tests in a pool, with additional tweets about adjustments to its design, including fitting it out with padding and a music player to help calm the children during the rescue. He also said that the sub was on its way to Thailand.


This story originally appeared on Esquire.com, with updates and edits made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Gabrielle Bruney
View Other Articles From Gabrielle
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
The House of Representatives takes the issue to the people.
 
Share
It's time to get your work-life balance in order
 
Share
How to stay and look cool at the office when the weather warms up.
 
Share
From penny loafers to evening slippers, these are the best loafers for the season.
 
Share
Exequiel Robles is the President of Sta. Lucia Land, one of the largest property developers in the country.
 
Share
Behind the names Tokyo Tom, Taro Sakuro, and the Great Kabooki is a Filipino with the heart of a champion.
 
Share
Like: What is the ending of Tyrion's jackass and honeycomb joke?
 
Share
Huawei is the latest victim in the US-China Trade War.
 
Share
The 3,520 polo shirts represent the 3,520 specimens left.
 
Share
It's been a long journey for the youngest Stark girl. And it's not over yet.
Load More Articles