Though rescuers found the group after nine days and they have received food, blankets and medical attention, it is still a risky dive and scramble through four kilometres of tunnels where they are trapped in - as they can not swim or dive. Musk said based on "feedback from Thailand", the engineers chose to build a "tiny, kid-size submarine" using a large silver tube meant to be affixed to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
"Maybe worth trying: insert a 1m diameter nylon tube (or shorter set of tubes for most hard sections) through cave network & inflate with air like a bouncy castle, " he wrote.
The rescue mission has proven to be exceedingly complex, numerous passageways leading into the cave are narrow, and most of the boys do not know how to swim. "Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes like the 70cm hole".
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When the whole world is praying for a safe return of the boys, a Twitter user asked for Elon Musk's help.
Musk said he was looking at ways to pump water out of the cave or to pump air inside. Some farmers also flooded their fields with water so that some water could be pumped out of the cave. "Prob need to enter tube, zip up & then transit". The boys and their coach were exploring the cave when a sudden flash flood trapped them.
The cave system is some six miles long, and the main concern now is that the rising water levels are cutting short their oxygen supply.
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Thai officials said the rescue effort, which began Saturday night, will take multiple days.
Rescuers have been pumping water out of the cave with the goal of letting the boys walk out, rather than having to scuba dive.
One of Mr Musk's enterprises is Boring Co, which digs tunnels for transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar.
This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Mr Musk has also been engaged in a Twitter spat over media coverage of Tesla, in particular with CNBC and Business Insider.
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