Furious Elon Musk calls Thailand cave rescue diver a 'pedo'

Irving Hamilton
July 16, 2018

Elon Musk went on the attack on Sunday, targeting a diver who helped rescue 12 young soccer players and their coach from a cave in Thailand.

Prior to this, Unsworth criticised Musk by calling his mini-submarine endeavour a PR stunt.

Unsworth, who lives in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, said that Musk was "asked to leave" the cave "very quickly", and that he "can stick his submarine where it hurts". Only people in sight were Thai navy/army guys, who were great.

"I thought they had it in hand & only agreed to help when Thai SEAL died (deep cave pumps not operating at time)", Musk said.

Tesla CEO Musk launched the extraordinary tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slammed his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a "PR stunt". Musk then referred to him as a "pedo", which is short for pedophile.

When he was called out for his comments about Unsworth, Musk doubled down, replying, "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true". "They had no conception of what the cave passage was like.It wouldn't have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point", Vern Unsworth told The Telegraph.

After Zeynep Tufecki, a professor who writes about the social impact of technology, penned a mostly critical New York Times opinion piece about what Musk could learn from the experience, the billionaire continued to fire back.

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"Just to get any of them out alive would have been a miracle", Unsworth told CNN.

Screenshot of two tweets published by Elon Musk on before being deleted on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Musk had reportedly been seen briefly in Thailand during the rescue last week, bringing a "hastily built" mini-sub to the mouth of the cave shortly before divers rescued the youths.

Unsworth has since responded to the matter, telling the Guardian: "I believe he's called me a paedophile".

Asked if he would take legal action against Musk over the allegation, he said: "If it's what I think it is yes".

Representatives for Musk didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. James Anderson, a partner at Baillie Gifford, Tesla's fourth-largest shareholder, said in a recent Bloomberg interview the company needed a period of "peace and execution", adding: "It would be good to just concentrate on the core task". "Well, (if) by definition rescuing 12 young boys.that puts everybody in the same context".

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