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Thai cave rescue: Elon Musk builds a gizmo

Thai cave rescue: Elon Musk builds a rescue gizmo

It’s almost comical. Not the amazing cave rescue of 13 people, but the sudden arrival of wonder boy Elon Musk with his mini submarine which he said, On the weekend, he had been building a “tiny, kid-size submarine” with “feedback from Thailand”. The Thai authorities had probably read about his fancy schemes with power in South Australia—they said thanks but no thanks.

The billionaire Tesla chief has visited the Tham Luang cave to drop off a miniature submarine he hoped might help with the ongoing rescue operation of the Wild Boar soccer team.

Source: AP

Thai cave rescue: Elon Musk delivered tiny submarine, rescuers said no thanks

Twelve members of the team and their coach became trapped on June 23, although rescuers managed to free the first eight boys on Sunday and Monday.

On the weekend, Mr Musk said he had been building a “tiny, kid-size submarine” with “feedback from Thailand”.

However, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said this afternoon that while he was grateful for Mr Musk’s support, the submarine just was not practical for the rescue mission.

Earlier, Mr Musk said he would leave the device at the cave “in case it may be useful in future”.

In a tweet, Mr Musk said he had “just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed.”

“It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team.”

He added: “Thailand is so beautiful.”

Four boys and the coach are still to be rescued.

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”.

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Graham Richards 11/07/2018, 7:02 am

    You think that’s big, wait till you see the battery.

  • luk1955 11/07/2018, 7:44 am

    Hopefully the Thai government prosecutes that stupid soccer coach for taking boys into a cave during rainy weather.

    • Penguinite 11/07/2018, 8:37 am

      It was stupid, Luk but as I understand it the parents signed approval letters?

    • Cliff 11/07/2018, 8:47 am

      Luk, while not disagreeing with you that, with the benefit of hindsight, it was a very bad decision to go into the cave, someone (I wonder who?) kept 12 (I’d be guessing, very frightened) boys as a cohesive unit in pitch darkness, without food, and no idea when – or IF – help would come for ten (what must have seemed VERY LONG) days.

      Without incredible leadership, it could have descended into a ‘Lord of the Flies’ situation and the rescuers would have found a very different scene – and any survivors in anything but the state of mind they were in when found.

      In short, despite the poor initial decision, I think, unless de-briefings show that my assumptions are very, VERY wrong, the bloke should be treated as a hero.

      …and I wonder if we’d have been the same result with 12 teenage ‘products’ of our Australian ‘educayshun’ system, who are taught to ignore authority figures and ‘every man for himself’ rules?

      • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 11:30 am

        Cliff: You are spot on.

  • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 8:33 am

    I took note, the Thailand authorities promptly told Musk to piss off with his submarine.

  • crankykoala 11/07/2018, 9:21 am

    Forget the publicity seeker. The rescue of those boys is verging on the miraculous and shows what experts from around the world can achieve when they work together. Our Aussie doc, in particular, was outstanding and should be a shoo in for the “Australian of the Year”.

  • peter beach 11/07/2018, 9:58 am

    Now that the kids have learned to dive they should be a shoe in for the World Cup

  • Albert 11/07/2018, 10:15 am

    Apparently the Duracell Rabbit didn’t read the part about some parts of the cave being so narrow that an adult could barely get through.

  • Sir Peter 11/07/2018, 11:12 am

    Mr Fusk is a muckwit

  • JG 11/07/2018, 12:00 pm

    Tesla what a an inappropriate attention seeking show off. Never let a chance go by to push yourself in front of the world. Creep.
    He is just like Bull Shitten, accidental Anna, Andrews etc funny they are all ALP/Union moths.
    Great job to all divers who delivered these boys back to their families. And never sort to show boat like the creep Tesla

    • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 12:13 pm

      Didn’t Shortarse rescue the Beaconsfield miners single-handedly?

  • Clarion Call 11/07/2018, 1:29 pm

    Might we borrow that submarine thingy from Musky and jam some of our crappy politicians in it for a trip to the underwater ‘valley of the kings-fish’ where it is miles deep. Of course, we’ll need quite a few of these devices to effect some real change to the political landscape. Worth the expense.All things considered, the whole exercise could be named: ‘A salt & battery project’

    • Neville 12/07/2018, 1:46 am

      Jeez, CC, that was bloody awful!!
      (LOL)

  • Graham 11/07/2018, 4:51 pm

    Typical of Muskrat to try and get his fizzog on the gogglebox. Never mind exploding batteries and non existent brakes on his cars (minor details) the contraption he came up with would not fit through the narrower parts of the tunnel. Now call me silly but I would have thought that a quick check of dimensions before you start would’ve been wise. Either that or he cant read a tape measure.

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