Elon Musk of­fers Tesla’s re­sources

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - SARAH MCBRIDE

ELON Musk is send­ing a team of engi­neers to Thai­land to ex­plore ways to help res­cue a boys’ soc­cer team stuck in a cave.

The bil­lion­aire’s com­pa­nies could as­sist by try­ing to pin­point the boys’ lo­ca­tion us­ing Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies or Bor­ing tech­nol­ogy, pump­ing wa­ter or pro­vid­ing heavy duty bat­tery packs known as Tesla Pow­er­walls, a spokesman for Musk said.

The Thai gov­ern­ment con­firmed in a state­ment posted on Face­book that Musk’s team was due to ar­rive yesterday.

The 12 boys and their coach were found by a pair of Bri­tish cave divers on Mon­day. Efforts to res­cue them are be­ing ham­pered by nar­row pas­sage­ways and ris­ing wa­ter in the cave sys­tem. Most of the boys can­not swim.

A for­mer Thai navy SEAL died on Fri­day in an un­der­wa­ter res­cue at­tempt.

Last year, af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­cane hit Puerto Rico, the gov­ern­ment there asked Musk for help. Tesla sent Pow­er­walls and pro­vided advice on re­build­ing the Caribbean is­land’s in­fra­struc­ture.

Over the past few days, Musk posited ways his com­pa­nies could help in Thai­land. “I sus­pect the Thai govt has this un­der con­trol, but am happy to help if there is a way to do so,” he wrote on Twit­ter.

Musk’s tun­nelling start-up Bor­ing could make avail­able its mas­sive drills or ex­ca­va­tion ex­per­tise but such an ap­proach could be too dan­ger­ous. – The Wash­ing­ton Post

PIC­TURE: EPA-EFE/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Thai for­est rangers ex­am­ine a map dur­ing the on­go­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions for the child soc­cer team and their as­sis­tant coach from a cave in Thai­land yesterday.

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