The entrepreneur brought a mini-submarine, but the children have already begun to save without him.
Elon Musk personally came to Thailand and descended into one of the flooded caves along with rescuers. He brought with him a small submarine from the parts of the Falcon rocket, which was built in SpaceX to save Thai students.
The submarine was called “Wild boar” in honor of the football team and decided to leave in Thailand. Musk noted that it is ready for use, if necessary.
Just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future. Thailand is so beautiful. pic.twitter.com/EHNh8ydaTT
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2018
On June 23 in Thailand, a group consisting of a school football team and their coach disappeared. The teenagers went into the cave, but a sudden downpour flooded the entrances and they were trapped. After 9 days the group was found alive, but more than a week the schoolchildren lived without food.
At first, the authorities of Thailand considered the option of supporting adolescents for four months before the end of the rainy season, as many of them could not swim and no one could sink. The situation was complicated by strong currents under the water, almost zero visibility due to dirt and narrow passages.
On July 6, Elon Musk offered his help in saving schoolchildren . He sent the engineers of The Boring Company and SpaceX to Thailand to find out if they can be of use.
July 8, the businessman said that SpaceX specialists will build a small submarine: there will be one child, it can be carried by two divers. He said that the option with a submarine is being developed as the main one.
A few hours after the statement, the Musk of Thai authorities began saving children without his help. The schoolchildren were given an express course of diving, each of them was accompanied by two divers. For two days it was possible to rescue eight people, including the 25-year-old coach.
July 9 Elon Musk showed the test of a submarine to save schoolchildren. He noted that even if it does not come in handy in Thailand, it is likely to help in other similar situations.