12 teenager boys of a Thai football team and their coach have been trapped in a cave in Thailand since two weeks. Elon Musk has offered helping with the Thailand cave rescue operation to save the 12 Thai boys and their coach by extracting them from the flooded caves.
On June 23, a team of 12 teenage boys of the football team along their coach Ekkapol Chantawong went exploring a cave after a match in Thailand. Monsoon flooding had cut off the entrance and exit of the cave and the team has been trapped in the Tham Luang cave since two weeks now. In was on Monday that a team of British divers found the boys and their coach in good health on a muddy bank in the depths of the flooded cave. However, the only way to them is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy waters.
The muddy banks where the team is trapped is some 4 kilometres away from the entrance of the cave and a section of 1.7 kilometre is completely submerged underwater. The Thailand cave rescue operations have intensified after heavy rain forecasts that could worsen the flood and the authorities are looking into alternatives to save the trapped boys. The 11-16 years old boys are too young to dive through the narrow passages which can be a challenge for even the most seasoned divers. Drilling down the cave could collapse and efforts to widen the diving channel can block the existing passage and cut off the cave completely.
To solve the complicated challenge, billionaire Elon Musk who has offered help and sent down an expert team of engineers of SpaceX and The Boring Company to Thailand. Both these firms are known for their expertise in various engineering tasks and they have “advance ground penetrating radar” that is “pretty good at digging holes” or technology that could “create an air tunnel underwater” for the children to traverse out of the flooded Thai caves and end the Thailand cave rescue mission successfully.