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Tesla co-founder Elon Musk offers engineers to help in cave rescue

Thai SEALs say time 'limited' to rescue boys

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MAE SAI, Thailand – Elon Musk said Friday that he is sending engineers from two of his companies to Thailand to see if they can help bring out the members of a youth soccer team that have been trapped in a flooded cave since June 23.

Musk tweeted the announcement after another Twitter user pleaded for him to help the 12 boys and their coach, who have been underground for almost two weeks.

In a series of tweets, Musk said his Boring Co, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, has advanced ground penetrating radar, and brainstormed that an air tunnel constructed with soft tubing like a Bouncy Castle could provide flexible passage out.

He said engineers from his Boring Co and SpaceX companies needed to be on site to appreciate the complexities of evacuation. There has been no immediate official reaction to his plans.

FIFA sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its "deepest sympathies and support" to the families of young soccer players and their coach trapped in cave in the country's north.

The letter signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino also said the organization would like to invite the youngsters and their coach to the World Cup final in Russia, should they be rescued in time and are healthy enough to travel.

The letter said the team's appearance at the final would "undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration."

The boys have asked the navy SEALs taking care of them in the cave for details about what has happened in the World Cup since they got trapped June 23.

The commander of Thai navy SEALs working to rescue a youth soccer team has said he believes there is "a limited amount of time" left in which to extract the boys.

"At first we thought that we could sustain the kids' lives for a long time where they are now, but now, many things have changed. We have a limited amount of time," SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew said at a news conference Friday morning:

He did not elaborate. The comments came hours after a former navy SEAL working on the rescue passed out while diving and later died.

A senior army commander, Maj. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam, said that the most pressing mission now is to provide an oxygen line to reach the kids.