On Tuesday came the good news that all members of the Wild Boars football team trapped inside the Thai cave complex of Than Luang were rescued after spending a total of 18 days inside the dark, flooded, and treacherous cave complex.
The rescue operation turned out to be a success because of the international effort involved. The operation is being regarded as a team effort of the Thai Navy, Australian doctors and British divers, together they have achieved something that was tagged as impossible.
Along these members came another individual wanting to be a part of the operation, offering his services to help the trapped team, the billionaire entrepreneur- Elon Musk. Musk too had pitched his idea for the rescue operation.
He had personally visited the cave site and dropped a ‘mini child-sized submarine’, which according to him was the ultimate technology required for the success of this operation. He left it at the cave site saying that it might be useful in future.
The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, had built a prototype submarine which would help in the process of rescuing the 12 boys and their football coach. Made from parts of a rocket, the child-sized submarine was aimed at easing the rescue operation as it could fit through small gaps, and was light enough to be carried by two divers. Musk also released videos of the prototype submarine being tested in a swimming pool in California. He named the pod “Wild Boar” after the trapped football team.
Although all of the 12 boys and their coach trapped inside the cave were rescued this Tuesday, it was done without the help of Elon’s prototype submarine.
Vern Unsworth, the British diver who rescued the 12 Thai boys from the flooded cave criticised Elon Musk’s ‘mini-submarine’ plan, calling it a “PR stunt.”
“It just had absolutely no chance of working. They had no conception of what the cave passage was like. The submarine, I believe was about 5ft 6 long, rigid, so it wouldn’t have gone round corners or any obstacles. It wouldn’t have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point. Just a PR stunt” Unsworth said in an interview.
“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” he said rolling his eyes.
In response to this statement, Musk said that “This reaction has shaken my opinion of many people. We were asked to create a backup option and worked hard to do so. Checked with dive team many times to confirm it was worthwhile. Now it’s there for anyone who needs it in the future.”
“Something’s messed up if this is not a good thing.”