This is Elon Musk’s submarine that will rescue Thai soccer team

09 July, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Sally Reid
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The youth soccer team, aged between 11-15, went missing on June 23 along with their 25-year-old coach.

Mr Musk said it would use a SpaceX Falcon rocket's "liquid oxygen transfer tube as [the] hull".

"Elon Musk will send his team to Thailand tomorrow (7th July) to help in cave rescue".

Authorities temporarily stopped rescue efforts on Monday to replenish air tanks along the cave's perilous exit course.

"Light enough to be carried by two divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps", the Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur posted on Twitter.

Earlier Saturday, Musk tweeted there's "some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand" and that he's "iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try".

The Twitter user most likely thought to ask Musk for help because of his work founding The Boring Company, which is developing a series of underground tunnels in some major cities to make room for Loop, Musk's idea for a next-generation high-speed transit system.

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While by showing material evidence of the sub's existence, Musk may have curbed the critics that assumed his initial announcement was nothing but a PR stunt off the back of the Thai drama, it's still unclear if the submarine will be useful in the actual rescue.

Some of the kids have also indicated they can not swim and are already weak from not eating.

One of the main working theories of how to retrieve the boys is to train them to dive out of the cave.

They eventually found a dry landing spot, where they waited for nine days before being found by two British divers. Rescuers are anxious about diminishing oxygen levels in the cavern where they have taken refuge, as well as monsoon rains that could push water levels even higher.

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

Conditions are "perfect" to stage an evacuation in the coming days before fresh rains and a possible rise in carbon dioxide further imperil the group, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

Overnight it emerged that a former Thai navy diver had died while returning from delivering oxygen to the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex in Northern Thailand.


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