Tech billionaire and suspected real-life superhero Elon Musk is now in talks with officials about sending in help to the trapped youth soccer team inside the miles-long cave in Thailand.
Musk offered to lend some of his companies’ technologies to help the boys who are still trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province.
I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but I’m happy to help if there is a way to do so
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 4, 2018
He plans to use Space Exploration Technologies Corp or Boring Company technology to help pinpoint the exact location of the youth soccer team inside the cave, to pump water, or even providing heavy-duty battery packs, also known as Tesla Powerwalls, according to Bloomberg.
Boring Co has advanced ground penetrating radar & is pretty good at digging holes. Don’t know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too smal. If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2018
The battery packs proved to be quite useful in emergency situations such as this. Last year, the Puerto Rican government asked Musk for help when the island was ravaged by hurricanes that caused an island-wide blackout. The Tesla Powerwalls helped keep the lights in the island on, covering about 662 locations, Electrek reported.
The youth soccer team, aged between 11-15, went missing on June 23 along with their 25-year-old coach. They became trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, which is believed to be about 4-5 miles long.
They remained trapped inside the cave complex for nearly two weeks before they made first contact with rescuers from the United Kingdom at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday at about 1.2 miles deep inside the cave.
Rescuers and officials admitted that it could take months before they could all be extracted out of Tham Luang Nang Non safely as Thailand’s rainy monsoon season is still on-going and some of the boys don’t know how to swim.
It is unclear at this point if Thai officials will accept Musk’s offer for help. The 48-year-old American business magnate, investor, and engineer could make its massive drills or excavation expertise from Boring Company available; however, the approach could pose some dangers for this mission, Bloomberg report suggests.