11 July 2024

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has offered a team of engineers to help in the rescue of the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in flooded Tham Luang cave.


Elon Musk said that a group of engineers from his companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company, would leave for Thailand on Saturday, to see if they can be helpful to the government.


Musk has commented on the rescue through Twitter since the news broke earlier this week, initially offering help to the Thai government in their rescue operations in response to request online.


He also outlined an idea for a rescue operation, using pumps, battery packs and tubes.


Meanwhile, a former British rescuer who was involved in the rescue of victims trapped in Yorkshire cave back in 1992, warned about the high risk of extracting the 13 trapped survivors through flooded cave.


Harry Long said that both the victims and their rescuers could be in danger as the flooded passage ways are clogged with mud.  He also said that blasting a cavity from the mountain top to open an alternative route for escape out of the cave was not a good option either because the explosion would spread poisonous gas in the cave which might endanger both the 13 victims and their rescuers.


The veteran rescuer claimed that experts in cave rescue in Britain, US and Australia concurred with him that the best and safest option was to wait for the water to recede and then bring all of them out while keeping them resupplied with food and other necessities while they are stranded there “even if this may take several months.”