Elon Musk Sends Engineers To Help Thai Cave Rescue Mission

Elon Musk Sends Engineers To Help Thai Cave Rescue Mission

Elon Musk Sends Engineers To Help Thai Cave Rescue Mission

"Stay strong and we are with you", he said.

Wearing a grey polo shirt and blue, tinted glasses, Samarn Kunan, 38, took a video before boarding a flight on July 1 to join Thai and worldwide teams in northern Thailand searching for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a cave.

Rescue efforts for the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave complex recently took a tragic turn; an ex-Thai navy diver died after running out of air while delivering oxygen tanks to the 12 boys and their coach underground.

They practise changing masks underwater and sharing oxygen in case a teammate runs out - all while maintaining flawless buoyancy so they don't hit their heads on the ceiling or kick up too much debris from the bottom and further spoil the visibility. "His buddy tried to administer first aid, when there was no response he tried to move him", Apakorn said.

"We won't let his life be in vain. We will carry on".

"See you tonight at Tham Luang", said an upbeat Samarn, before signing off on the video clip and setting off for the province of Chiang Rai on the Myanmar border.

The massive operation inside and around Tham Luang Nang Non cave suffered its first death Friday when a former Thai navy SEAL passed out underwater and could not be revived. "I'm anxious ... he has never dived", said Somboon Kaewwongwan, the father of a 16-year-old boy. "I believe we are close", Thanes Weerasiri, president of the Engineering Institute of Thailand, told Reuters at a makeshift camp for volunteers and media near the cave.

"There will be rain and many things could go wrong. I don't want to say it, but it could be a catastrophe", he said.

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Officials warned on Friday that oxygen levels inside the cave have fallen and rescuers were racing to get more oxygen pipes into the cave. "So we have to fill it up with oxygen", Narongsak told reporters.

Rescuers, including global teams, are pondering other ways to bring the group out before heavy rains hit the country's north next week which could further hamper the rescue operation.

"We knew what the formation was, we knew if there were faulted zones, the presence of aquafer", Brown said.

It has been suggested that they may need to learn how to scuba dive in order to escape, but none of the children can swim and cave diving is a notoriously risky sport, as emphasised by the death of one of their rescuers, Saman Gunan, a former navy diver, in the caves on Friday. There has been no contact with the boys since they went missing nine days ago.

Since locating the boys, diving teams have transported food and other supplies via the same passageway, now underwater, that the team used to enter the cave.

"They'd have gone in there laying a dive line as they went but they've got no idea how long that passage is going to be, how long they'll be under water, what conditions are going to be like and how narrow that cave becomes".

"Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out - keeping them alive or getting them out".

They're also using a drainage system they hope will help reduce water levels and allow the boys space to breathe so they wouldn't be over reliant on scuba apparatus during a rescue mission.

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