ELON Musk, the South African-born entrepreneur with ambitious plans to colonise Mars, has expressed his desire to help Thailand rescue a football team that has been stuck in a cave for the past 12 days.
The billionaire’s team is said to be talking with Thai authorities about the possibility of using SpaceX and Boring Company technology to help rescuers retrieve the young players and their coach from the depths of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.
The report also said Mr Musk’s companies could provide heavy-duty pumps or battery packs.
In a recent update on Twitter, Tesla CEO said about his technology: “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 small.
“If so, could drop a ship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps.”
A spokesman for Mr Musk confirmed the talks between Tesla CEO and Thai rescuers, but did not elaborate on their content.
The Thai government hasn’t accepted any offer so fair, Bloomberg reported.
The members of the Wild Boar football team have been stuck inside the cave since June 23, after the group got stranded in an air pocket inside the complex due to flooding.
Rescue divers incredibly found all 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach and began to race against time to pull the whole group out of the flooded cavern.
There are currently three plans considered for the group’s rescue.
The first plan involves teaching the children and their coach how to dive, the second involves draining the tunnels to adequately lower the water levels, and the third involves drilling into the caves to create a way out for the stranded soccer team.
Elon Musk’s companies, Boring Company and Tesla can provide support for the third and second plans.
owever, considering the risks brought about by the monsoon season, there have been four months worth of food supplied to the boys, in the event that rescue efforts fail and the group has to stay in the cave for long.
Tesla is no stranger to humanitarian efforts and it is still currently in the process of helping Puerto Rico get back on its feet after the island nation was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last year.
In Australia, Tesla is also laying the foundations of what could become a virtual power plant with 50,000 low-income households fitted with solar panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries.
Source : Express