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World Thai cave rescue: Elon Musk hits out at mission chief who turned down mini-submarine offer

06:56  11 july  2018
06:56  11 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Elon Musk has offered to help rescue the Thai soccer team stuck in a cave

  Elon Musk has offered to help rescue the Thai soccer team stuck in a cave Elon Musk has said he is "happy to help" if there's anything he can contribute to the rescue mission of a Thai soccer team from a cave.  Elon Musk has said he is "happy to help" with the rescue of the Thai soccer team currently stuck in a cave.

SML NEWS: Elon Musk questions the role of the man who turned down his offer of a mini - submarine to help in the rescue of the trapped schoolboys from a

Elon Musk questions the role of the man who turned down his offer of a mini - submarine to help in the rescue of the Thai soccer team, saying Narongsak Osatanakorn shouldn't be described as the rescue chief .

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Elon Musk has questioned the role of the man who turned down his offer of a mini-submarine to help in the rescue of the trapped schoolboys from a flooded Thai cave.

Chiang Rai provincial Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn was at the heart of the successful mission to free 12 boys and their football coach after more than two weeks deep underground, but Mr Musk claimed it was inaccurate to describe him as the "rescue chief".

Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave

  Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave Rescuers raced to save four young footballers and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded Thai cave Tuesday, as heavy rains threatened an already perilous escape mission that has seen eight of the boys extracted. The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the Tham Luang cave by a team of international expert divers flanked by Thai Navy SEALs over two days in a meticulously planned operation.

Elon Musk has questioned the role of the man who turned down his offer of a mini - submarine to help in the rescue of the trapped schoolboys from a flooded Thai cave .

Elon Musk has questioned the expertise of Thai rescue officials who turned down his offer of a submarine , despite their having Elon Musk (@ elonmusk ). Just returned from Cave 3. Mini -sub is ready if needed.

The Tesla boss also released an email exchange with one of the rescue mission's lead divers, showing the tech billionaire had been encouraged to continue work on the miniature submarine he hastily developed to aid the rescue of the boys.

Upon delivery of the submarine yesterday, Mr Osatanakorn told Mr Musk that it would not be suitable for the operation.

Mr Musk had tweeted video of test runs of the "tiny, kid-size submarine" that he said had been developed with "feedback from Thailand".

The final members of the team, aged 11 to 16, and their coach were removed from the cave yesterday and are now quarantined in hospital amid concerns for their health.

With some of the team still stranded yesterday, Mr Musk visited the Tham Luang cave to drop off the submarine.

Elon Musk says in Thailand with mini-sub

  Elon Musk says in Thailand with mini-sub American space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that he was in Thailand on Tuesday with a prototype mini-sub, at the flooded cave where five members of a youth football team remained trapped. "Just returned from Cave 3," Musk said."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."On Instagram, he published video of a flooded cave, with rescuers.Cave Three is about two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the entrance of the cave network and is the base for Thai rescuers.

— Elon Musk (@ elonmusk ) July 9, 2018. Just returned from Cave 3. Mini -sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Now Playing: Watch this: Thai cave rescue : Elon Musk sends tiny submarine .

Elon Musk has suggested strategies for rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave . On Twitter, Mr. Musk has mused about potential inventions that could help the trapped soccer team, including a miniature submarine made from part of a SpaceX rocket.

But Mr Osatanakorn told him the device was not practical for the rescue mission.

Responding to a media report of the incident, Mr Musk said it was not accurate to describe Mr Osatanakorn as the rescue chief and that he was "not the subject matter expert".

He also tweeted part of an email conversation with British cave expert Richard Stanton, one of the divers who initially found the boys, in which Mr Stanton says "it is absolutely worth continuing with development of this system".

In the conversation, Mr Stanton also reveals "we're worried about the smallest lad" in the group.

"It is absolutely worth continuing with development of this system in as timely a manner as feasible. If the rain holds out it may well be used," Mr Stanton wrote.

Mr Musk told Mr Stanton the submarine was being designed by "one of the world's best engineering teams who normally design spaceships and spacesuits".

"[The] operating principal is the same as spacecraft design — no loss of life even with two failures," he wrote.

When spruiking his submarine on Monday, Mr Musk said the design had four "handles/hitch points" on both the front and back of the device, adding: "Two air tank connections on front and two on rear, allowing one to four tanks simultaneously connected, all recessed for impact protection [with] secondary cap seal if leak develops."

It also has "segmented compartments to place rocks or dive weights [and] adjust buoyancy".

Tech VC slams Elon Musk as 'thin-skinned and short-tempered' .
Tesla's stock took a beating Monday on the heels of a quickly-deleted tweet from Musk attacking a Thai rescue diver."Your behavior is fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership – thin-skinned and short-tempered," Loup Ventures' Munster wrote in an open letter to the TeslaTSLA and SpaceX CEO.

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