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How a twitter user convinced Elon Musk to build a submarine to save kids trapped in a cave in Thailand

Elon Musk will be sending a team of trained engineers to Thailand to help the rescue efforts of a boys’ soccer team who have been trapped in a cave.

Musk initially got involved in the ordeal after a Twitter user from South Africa reached out to a Tesla engineer and the business leader himself via Twitter to ask for help.

The whole conversation was incredible, as well as the final update received yesterday!

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On the 7th of July, 2018, Elon added:

Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try. Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does.

A couple of hours later he said:

Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull. Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust. Continue to be amazed by the bravery, resilience & tenacity of kids & diving team in Thailand. Human character at its best.