“Tech billionaire sent his top employees to rescue 12 schoolboys and their coach.”
Tech billionaire Elon Musk has dispatched his top engineers to help rescue 12 schoolboys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave.
On Twitter, Musk suggested using an underwater air tube could be created for the children to crawl through.
The 47-year-old said his Boring Co, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, could feed a nylon tube into the submerged sections of the cave before inflating it ‘like a bouncy castle’ to create an underwater tunnel.
Musk said engineers from his Boring Co and SpaceX companies needed to be on site to oversee the evacuation.
The schoolboys are trapped 2.600 ft (800 m) underground, the equivalent of two Empire State Buildings stacked on top of one another.
A spokesman for The Boring Company told the BBC: ‘We are speaking with the Thai government to see how we can help, and we are sending SpaceX/Boring Company people from the US to Thailand today to offer support on the ground.
‘Once we confirm what exactly will be helpful to send or do, we will.
‘We are getting feedback and guidance from the people on the ground in Chiang Rai to determine the best way for us to assist their efforts.’
This is not the first time Musk has been approached to assist in a disaster zone.
The Puerto Rico government called on the 47-year-old billionaire for help last year, after a devastating hurricane hit the Caribbean island.
As well as providing expert advice to help rebuild the island’s infrastructure, electric automaker Tesla sent high-capacity battery packs to help keep the lights on in local homes and businesses.