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    Elon Musk sends SpaceX engineers to aid soccer team trapped in Thai cave

    By Chelsea Gohd
    July 09, 2018, 10:29:39 AM EDT

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    Elon Musk is sending engineers from his SpaceX and The Boring Co. companies to aid in the rescue of a youth soccer team in Thailand that's trapped in a cave and running out of time.

    Twelve boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand for almost two weeks as of today (July 6). The boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, were exploring the cave when a flash flood trapped them. As oxygen levels continue to drop, the boys are getting more and more exhausted, which in turn is leading to malnourishment among them. In addition, heavy rain is forecast this weekend for the area. Worried authorities say they fear time is running out to save the team.

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    Thai officers supervise the rescue mission inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 28, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Twelve boys and their soccer coach have been trapped in the cave for nearly two weeks and rescue workers are working to get them out of the cave. Credit: Linh Pham/Getty


    Former Thai navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan (also reported as "Kunan") died early this morning (July 6) while working as a volunteer alongside a rescue team. Despite the rescue mission's extreme difficulty and danger, Musk is hopeful that his engineers can come up with a solution before it's too late.

    "SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt. There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person," Musk wrote via Twitter early this morning.

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