Elon Musk’s mini-submarine ‘not sensible’ for Thailand cave rescue, say authorities

The rescue of a trapped soccer crew in Thailand’s Tham Luang cave is over, after a crew of worldwide divers retrieved the remaining boys and their coach this morning. They did so with out the help of Elon Musk and his purpose-built “kid-sized submarine.”

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO introduced he would attempt to assist with the rescue operation final week, and refashioned a part of a Falcon 9 rocket into an underwater escape capsule for the kids. Musk apparently flew out to Thailand with the system over the weekend, sharing images and movies of the rescue website on social media.

However in keeping with reviews from The Guardian and ABC, Musk was “politely” advised that the mini-submarine wouldn’t be of use. “Though his know-how is sweet and complex it’s not sensible for this mission,” Narongsak Osatanakorn, head of the command centre overseeing the rescue, advised reporters. Musk tweeted that the mini-sub was “prepared if wanted” and can be left on the cave system because it “could also be helpful sooner or later.”

A spokesperson for Thailand’s prime minister, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, mentioned that he was “extremely appreciative” of Musk’s initiative, and “personally touched” that the tech businessman had travelled to Thailand together with his “ingenious options.”

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Musk’s would-be involvement within the rescue operation has obtained a mixture response on social media. Some have praised the businessman for his altruism, whereas others have urged that his actions appear short-sighted and even opportunistic. Some have been additionally skeptical of Musk’s selection of rescue automobile, suggesting that the inflexible mini-submarine wouldn’t be capable to navigate the slim twists and turns of the Tham Luang cave. Musk mentioned divers who had traversed the passage had vouched that the system can be sufficiently small.

Both manner, the rescue operation is now over. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, have been stranded within the cave on June 23rd earlier than heavy rainfall created floods that blocked their exit. They have been trapped for 18 days, and one former Thai SEAL died making an attempt to exit the cave after delivering emergency oxygen. As of 8AM ET this morning, all 12 boys and their coach have been efficiently rescued from the cave.

Replace July 10th, 08:00: The story has been up to date with the information that everybody has been rescued from the cave.

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