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Musk unveils 'kid-size' submarine.

Byline: The Washington Post

As rescuers began a daring extraction of 12 boys and their coach from a Thailand cave over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he had sent a "child-size submarine" to the country to assist in the massive rescue effort.

"Hopefully useful," he wrote in one tweet, noting that the device would arrive in 17 hours. "If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation."

Hours later, Musk shared video of the narrow, bullet-shaped tube being maneuvered through an underwater obstacle course with the assistance of two divers.

The exercise, Musk noted, was an attempt to simulate moving through a narrow passage.

Musk has been tweeting about the rescue effort for days and said he is "amazed by the bravery, resilience & tenacity of kids & diving team in Thailand."

"Human character at its best," he added.

He also tweeted that SpaceX and Boring Co. engineers were headed to Thailand to see whether they could assist. After noting that he'd been consulting with cave experts, Musk began tweeting about the specifics of the "escape pod" his team was developing.

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