Cave diving expert describes challenges in Thailand rescue

Cave diving expert describes challenges in Thailand rescue

Over the last couple of days, Mr Musk posited possible ways his companies could help in Thailand.

Though it is unclear if the Thai government accepted Musk's offer, James Yenbamroong who is the CEO and founder of Thai space technology start-up mu Space Corp said the SpaceX team have reached out to them to help connect to the Thai government. The billionaire entrepreneur said this would create an underwater air tunnel with the ability to "auto-conform to odd shapes".

The amount of oxygen in the cave is diminishing, forcing rescuers to establish a line to pump in fresh air.

Any air sock or tube would have to be tough enough to withstand high water pressure - potentially two tons of force at a depth of 15 feet- and sharp rocks, said Douglas Hart, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Prob need to enter tube, zip up & then transit".

The boys became trapped in the cave two weeks ago after water rose and cut them off. Musk replied: "I suspect that the Thai govt has this under control, but I'm happy to help if there is a way to do so".

The rising water level in the cave is causing a drop in the oxygen levels, which is causing the boys to exhaust.

Musk later tweeted that he was dispatching a team of engineers from both SpaceX and Boring Company to Thailand to assist in the rescue of the team, stating: "There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person".

But the extremely narrow, flooded sections of the cave have already proved treacherous and even deadly for rescuers.

"As more monsoon rains are expected, Thai authorities say the 12 boys stranded inside a cave and their coach will not be imminently rescued because they do not want to risk the boys" lives. Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too smal.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Mr Musk initially explored whether The Boring Company, which he founded in 2016, could help rescue efforts using its "advanced ground penetrating radar".