Musk, Insisting He Helped In Thai Cave Rescue, Calls Rescuer A 'Pedo'

Darnell Taylor
July 16, 2018

"He (Mr Musk) had no conception of what the cave passage was like".

Musk came under fire for his efforts to aid the rescue by sending a child-size submarine into the Tham Luong cave system.

"He can stick his submarine where it hurts", Unsworth said in an interview.

This set Musk on a Twitter rampage - which have become all too common for the 47-year-old entrepreneur.

British diver Caver Vern Unsworth, who helped find the boys, told CNN that the submarine "just had absolutely no chance of working".

"This reaction has shaken my opinion of many people", he added, in reply to a user who defended him.

In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Secondly, nearly everyone is in agreement that he went way overboard with the remark accusing Unsworth of being a pedophile just because he doesn't like what the man said, as can be seen in the replies to his tweet. Musk went on to publicly challenge Unsworth to provide video from the final rescue proving he was there, before rescinding that challenge in favor of one for himself. He wrote: "We will make [a video] of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo".

Vern Unsworth
GETTYThai cave hero Vern Unsworth upset Elon Musk by rejecting his mini-sub rescue plan

Getty ImagesElon Musk called a hero British cave diver who criticized him a "pedo guy".

He also responded to one critic who had called the submarine idea "absurd" a week earlier, writing: "Stay tuned jackass". They were found 200m from that spot.

This prompted Mr Musk to hit back in a sting of tweets on Sunday, detailing his recent trip to the Thai cave. "It is made of rocket parts and named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team", he wrote.

Dr Richard "Harry" Harris was the last member of the rescue team to leave the cave.

"Just returned from Cave 3".

"Mini-sub is ready if needed".

But the head of the rescue mission dismissed the option in favour of sticking with the plan for experienced cave divers to help the boys swim out.

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