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Elon Musk Proposes Solutions for Trapped Thai Youths Rescue

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Elon Musk, pictured with one of his Tesla electric cars (Photo: Wkipedia/CreativeCommons2.0)

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has dispatched a team of engineers to Thailand to assist in the rescue of the trapped Thai youth football team and their coach.

In a tweet on Thursday he wrote that 'SpaceX & Boring Co' engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt. There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person.'

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Musk has offered support with pumps and battery packs to see if his Boring Company technology can assist with removing the water from the flooded cave system. He also proposed installing a 1m diameter nylon tube and inflating it 'like a bouncy castle' to see if that would clear the water and provide a tunnel that the trapped boys could simply walk through.

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The Thai Government confirmed that the engineers will arrive on Saturday, 7 July. Heavy rains are forecast for this Sunday, and the boys are currently being trained in the use of scuba diving gear while the Thai Navy Seals prepare the 5km-long route for their anticipated evacuation.

A spokesman for The Boring Company, which Musk founded in 2016 said: 'We are speaking with the Thai government to see how we can help, and we are sending SpaceX/Boring Company people from the US to Thailand today to offer support on the ground.

'Once we confirm what exactly will be helpful to send or do, we will. We are getting feedback and guidance from the people on the ground in Chiang Rai to determine the best way for us to assist their efforts.'

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