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

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  • Elon Musk says he is “happy to help” if there’s anything he can contribute to the rescue mission of a Thai soccer team that has been trapped inside a cave since June.
  • Authorities are finalising their rescue plan after finding the group earlier this week.

Elon Musk says he is “happy to help” with the rescue of the Thai soccer team stuck inside a cave.

A Twitter user asked the Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO whether he could provide any assistance with the recovery of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach who have been stuck in a Thai cave for nearly two weeks, and Musk replied in the affirmative a few hours later.

A rescue team has been assembled from around the world to rescue the team, which became trapped by floodwater while exploring the Tham Luang cave network in northern Thailand. The journey into the cave where the team was found is a treacherous one.

The Twitter user most likely thought to ask Musk for help because of his work founding The Boring Company, which is developing a series of underground tunnels in some major cities to make room for Loop, Musk’s idea for a next-generation high-speed transit system.

Musk has been increasingly engaging with fans and others on Twitter. His tweeting quadrupled in April and May, and Quartz counted that 80% of his Twitter interactions in May were replies rather than original posts.

The reason for the shift is not clear, but Musk’s tweets have driven business in the past.

Last year, Musk made a bet on Twitter with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes that Tesla could build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days, or the company would do it free.

The project met its deadline, which, if it had been missed, Musk had said would have cost him “probably $US50 million or more.”

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