Elon Musk sends engineers to aid Thai cave rescue

Rescuers in Thailand
Rescuers work on their equipment inside a Thai cave complex where a dozen boys and their soccer coach are trapped. (National News Bureau of Thailand)

Billionaire techie Elon Musk is sending a team of engineers from SpaceX and the Boring Company to help with the increasingly desperate effort to rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a waterlogged cave in Thailand.

The soccer team became trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex nearly two weeks ago when floods from a sudden downpour hemmed them in. Divers were able to reach the boys on July 2, perched on a rock slab above the water level. But on July 5, one of the volunteer rescuers died during an hours-long dive to deliver oxygen to the group.

One of Musk’s fans tweeted out a plea this week for Musk to pitch in. Musk agreed to put on his thinking cap, and eventually to do more than think about it. James Yenbamroong, the founder of Thailand’s mu Space satellite startup, facilitated contacts with the Thai government.

Find out how the tweets flew on GeekWire.

By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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