Thailand cave rescue: Boys 'can walk but can't dive yet'

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The youth soccer team, aged between 11-15, went missing on June 23 along with their 25-year-old coach.

"Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull". On Thursday, a former Thai Navy SEAL fell unconscious while swimming through the cave and could not be revived.

And as concern is mounting, a beacon of hope shone through for the group as billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter to say he was "happy to help" the Thai government in its rescue effort.

Authorities temporarily stopped rescue efforts on Monday to replenish air tanks along the cave's perilous exit course. He's promising that the sub would be "extremely robust" - small enough to get through the tight cave network, and light enough to be carried by two divers.

But Saturday night, he tweeted that the cave was now closed for the rescue by divers.

Earlier this week, Musk offered engineers from two of his other companies - SpaceX and The Boring Company - to assist the Thai government.

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They remained trapped inside the cave complex for almost two weeks before they made first contact with rescuers from the United Kingdom at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday at about 1.2 miles deep inside the cave. None of the boys can swim, according to media reports.

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are ideal in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health", he told reporters this afternoon.

He said he was also making an "inflatable tube with airlocks", which was "less likely to work, given tricky contours".

Rescue teams have been making preparations to save the boys, with the leader of the rescue effort saying the best window for a rescue could come in the next three or four days. Time is of the essence since more flooding rains are expected over the weekend, and oxygen in the caves may be running low.

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and global experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out.

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