Elon Musk Shares Videos of ‘Kid-Sized’ Submarine to Help Rescue Trapped Thai Teens in Cave
Tech billionaire Elon Musk shared new videos of a kid-sized submarine that engineers developed to help save the trapped youth soccer team inside the miles-long Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.
The four videos were shared on Musk’s Twitter account when it was announced that four of the 12 boys from the Thai youth soccer team “Wild Boars,” which consists of players aged 11-16, were rescued and rushed to a hospital on Sunday after being trapped inside the cave since June 23.
In the third video, rescuers simulate how to extract a person inside the mini-submarine as they lift the pod from the pool and onto dry land. The man inside it remains dry despite being submerged for a long period of time.
On July 4, Musk expressed his willingness to help the Thai government in rescuing the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach who have all been trapped inside the miles-long cave for more than 2 weeks.
The 48-year-old entrepreneur brainstormed several ideas to achieve the goal including penetrating the land and pinpointing the group’s location inside the cave via a radar, pumping the water out, and providing heavy-duty battery packs for the rescue operation.
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.
Musk shared some of the details of the mini-submarine on Saturday.
4 handles/hitch points on front & 4 on rear. 2 air tank connections on front & 2 on rear, allowing 1 to 4 tanks simultaneously connected, all recessed for impact protection w secondary cap seal if leak develops.
It took divers a total of 11 hours to do a round-trip rescue mission from and to the exit point of the cave, South China Morning Post reported. It could take Thai rescuers about four days to rescue all of the remaining team members.