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Elon Musk shares footage of 'kid-sized submarine'

  • Published at 01:29 pm July 9th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:35 pm July 9th, 2018
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Musk shared the updates after US and Thai officials confirmed a group of Thai and international divers rescued four of the boys from a flooded cave network after they were trapped there, along with their football team and coach for 15 days.

Billionaire tech entrepreneur- running multiple California-based companies such as SpaceX and Tesla- Elon Musk shared photos and videos of a "kid-sized" submarine that may help rescue the group of boys currently trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Footage shared from Musk's Twitter account showed the device being tested in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool, reports CNN.

In a tweet Sunday evening, Musk said the device was en route to Thailand, and would reach there in about 17 hours.

He tweeted that it would be "hopefully useful", but "if not, perhaps it will be in a future situation."

Musk shared the updates after US and Thai officials confirmed a group of Thai and international divers rescued four of the boys from a flooded cave network after they were trapped there, along with their football team and coach for 15 days. 

Eight boys, and the coach, still remain trapped.


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Musk further said on Friday his engineers would be traveling to Thailand to assess the situation, according to CNN.

Previously, he provided intermittent updates on his efforts, saying his engineers decided to build a "tiny, kid-sized submarine"- a large silver tube which will be affixed to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Musk explained the tube would be "light enough to be carried by 2 divers, and small enough to get through narrow gaps" in the cave. 

It will also have oxygen ports and a nose cone to give it protection from any impact with rocks.

The rescue attempt has already proven deadly as an ex-SEAL Thai Navy Sgt Saman Kunan met his death on early Friday morning due to a lack of air while attempting to return to a command centre deep underground. 

Until early Monday morning local time, rescue efforts were suspended in Thailand as teams restocked supplies and prepared for getting the rest of the team out of the cave.

CNN reports eight boys and the coach who remain stranded in the cave would likely have to wait for a few days due to issues with restocking oxygen supplies.

Meanwhile, the rescue operation is facing a smaller window of opportunity as forecasters predict the return of heavy monsoon rains in the coming days, effectively sealing off the cave until October.