The tech billionaire waded in on the Thai cave debacle, offering up services of Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Co – to no avail.

Elon Musk has tried his hand at many an industry. From EVs with Tesla, to space with SpaceX and even consumer goods. The maverick entrepreneur has fingers in lots of pies. One pie that seemed to have fallen by the wayside was Musk’s “infrastructure and tunnel construction” firm, The Boring Company (go on, bask in that razor-sharp wit). Until now, with the eccentric tech billionaire stepping up to offer TBC’s services to aid in the rescue of the Thai soccer team trapped in an underground cave. Although it appears that the tangible impact made by Musk’s latest brainchild may have been limited…

His “kid-sized” submarine went unused in the Thai cave rescue mission, with the BBC reporting that the “Thai rescue chief” had dubbed Musk’s offer “not practical” for the task at hand. 

Not one to keep quiet, Musk went online to set the record straight, defending his involvement in the rescue. “The former Thai provincial governor (described inaccurately as “rescue chief” is not the subject matter expert,” he asserted. “That would be Dick Stanton, who co-led the dive rescue team. This is our direct correspondence,” he added, attaching a screenshot of his emails with Stanton. 

The correspondence shows Stanton’s requests to Musk, with the former revealing poignantly: “We’re worried about the smallest lad please keep working on the capsule details.”

Sustained rescue efforts conducted by the Thai authorities have proved fruitful, with all twelve of the boys being safely removed from the cave. Survivors are said to be healthy and in high spirits, but are resting in hospital amid heightened risk of infection. As they regain full strength, we can’t help but mull over the rescue mission that never was: Elon Musk‘s “kid-sized” submarine. While it no doubt had the capacity to help, the tool turned out to be redundant in the rescue mission, although Musk has vowed to leave it there “in case it may be useful in the future”. 

Musk took to Twitter to update followers: “Just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts and named Wild Board after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future. Thailand is so beautiful.” 

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