Tech billionaire Elon Musk suggested building a miniature submarine to rescue the Thai schoolboys trapped in a flooded cave.
Last night Musk brainstormed the idea of crafting a ‘tiny, kid-sized submarine’ that was light enough to be carried by two divers and small enough to squeeze through the cave’s narrow chambers.
He used Twitter to announce a team from his rocket company SpaceX in Los Angeles would start building the ‘robust’ invention to help with the mission.
US billionaire space engineer Elon Musk has been working on a submarine that can contain and transport a human (pictured above in the US). It is unlikely to be delivered to the cave rescue in time but may be used in similar rescuers in the future
These images are grabs from a video shared on Twitter by Musk showing the submarine being tested with a man inside
Tech billionaire Elon Musk suggested building a mini submarine to rescue trapped Thai boys
He said: ‘Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine … Light enough to be carried by two divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust.’
He added it would take eight hours to build and 17 hours to send to Thailand.
But his suggestion fell on deaf ears as a carefully constructed rescue mission is already well underway.
Musk tweeted ‘makes sense’ when plans for the official rescue mission were released.
The first group of boys are expected to appear from the cave at around 3pm.
Musk’s suggestion fell on deaf ears as this carefully constructed rescue mission is already well underway.
Coming home: The evacuation of 12 schoolboys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand has begun and they could all be out by tonight
Each boy will be accompanied by two divers on the perilous 4km (2.5miles) journey through murky waters and narrow tunnels. It’s understood they will be able to walk most of the way after teams drained the water level by 30cm (12ins) last night.
The trapped boys will be divided into four groups. The first group will have four people, with the second, third and fourth containing three people.
The coach will be in the final group, according to Thai media.
Thousands of rescuers including Thai Navy SEALs and elite British divers have been working around the clock to come up with a plan to bring the exhausted and starved boys home safely
Thai military personnel inside a cave complex during the ongoing rescue operations for the youth soccer team and their assistant coach, at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park
Ruamkatanyu Foundation rescuers are seen drilling into the Tham Luang cave’s chambers as the rescue mission got underway
The boys are trapped 800 metres below ground, which is the equivalent of two Empire State Buildings on top of one another.
‘Today is D-Day,’ the governor who has led the rescue announced. ‘The water level has reached the lowest it has been in ten days. We ask to pray that this operation is a success.
‘The boys are physically and mentally fit to come out. All of the families have been told about today’s operation.’