Elon Musk offers hi-tech help to lost Thai boys

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond California

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond California

Musk tweeted: 'SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt.

The project met its deadline which, if it had been missed, Musk had said would have cost him "probably $50 million or more".

The members of the Wild Boar soccer team were reported missing on June 23 when they didn't return from an outing after practice.

Last year, after a devastating hurricane hit Puerto Rico, the government there asked Musk for help.

He estimates an inflatable tube would use up to 1,000 times less power than pumping water and could free the boys after a 40-minute walk instead of a five-hour swim.

Adding: "Boring Co has advanced ground penetrating radar & is pretty good at digging holes". Musk's companies could also provide heavy-duty pumps or battery packs, the report said.

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Notably, the serial entrepreneur is actively engaged in below-surface tunneling in the U.S., via his Boring Company, which is developing a series of underground tunnels in some major cities to make room for Loop, Musk's idea for a next-generation high-speed transit system.

There are already dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts trying to find a way to save the 12 boys and their soccer coach at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where Musk is sending the engineers.

The tech entrepreneur has taken to Twitter suggesting an underwater air tube which could be created for the children to crawl through.

The group was trapped by flooding after entering the complex looking for shelter from heavy rains, sparking a huge search and rescue operation led by the Thai military. "If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps".

Mr Musk, who is the co-founder, chairman, product architect and chief executive of Tesla, declared that the firm was finally "a real auto company" after reaching the goal.

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