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The rescue operation to finally get the trapped Thai soccer team out of their cave officially began on Sunday morning, as a team of divers, some of them former Thai military, started to lead the boys one by one back through the cave system, parts of which are completely submerged. At time of writing, six of the twelve boys have been rescued.
Back in the States, various thinkers and engineers have tried to come up with ways to rescue the boys, including drilling down into the cave from above (difficult to do since no one has a very accurate map of the inside), and trying to find a back entrance (nearly impossible given the dense vegetation in the jungle outside of the cave). Never one to back down from a challenge, Elon Musk has sent some of his engineers to Chiang Rai to assist within the rescue, and has been brainstorming concepts on Twitter.
On Saturday afternoon, Musk tweeted that he’d spoken to his engineers about doable escape pod designs and a tube that might inflate like a bouncy fortress, permitting the boys to climb by the cave with out having to submerge themselves. He additionally touted an “extremely robust” plan for a child-sized submarine whose oxygen is fed by components taken from certainly one of his Falcon rockets.
Greg Moore, a regional director for the National Cave Rescue Commission, informed the New York Times that sophisticated rescues like this usually encourage folks to give you intricate, weird options, and that that Musk’s child-sized bathysphere most likely couldn’t make it by the cave’s narrowest passages.
Musk, nonetheless, isn‘t the one American who desires a job on this dramatic rescue operation:
With the rescue now underway, it’s unlikely that any of those concepts might be applied until the group is hit by rainstorms or different problems and has to cease. Monsoon season is approaching, and with it the likelihood that the Tham Luang Nang Non cave will fill much more with water. Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters on Sunday morning, “Today is D-Day.” The boys, together with their coach, have been trapped within the cave for greater than two weeks, and rescuers are apprehensive about their diminishing oxygen provide. A former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, lost consciousness and died on Friday whereas he was putting air tanks alongside the rescue route.