Thai Cave Rescuer Says Elon Musk’s Mission Was a "PR Stunt"

Darnell Taylor
July 15, 2018

A British diver who was involved in the successful rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has heaped scorn on Elon Musk's offer of a miniature submarine for the mission, describing the billionaire entrepreneur's idea as a "PR stunt".

Vern Unsworth, who played a significant role in the rescue efforts, wasn't particularly impressed with Musk's offer to help out and said, "He can stick his submarine where it hurts".

Rolling his eyes Mr Unsworth told CNN: "It just had absolutely no chance of working". It wouldn't have made the first fifty metres into the cave from the dive start point.

"Just a P.R. stunt". Musk responded by saying the Thai official was "not the subject matter expert".

On Sunday, when a Twitter user pointed out that Musk was "calling the guy who found the children a pedo", the billionaire responded: "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

Over the past week, Musk has taken to Twitter to fight back against claims that he was of little use to the rescue operation.

In a separate Twitter thread over the weekend, Musk defended his almost $40,000 donation to PAC Protect The House, a political action committee that aims to preserve Republican control of the House of Representatives.

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However, Modric insisted it is the collective prize rather than personal acclaim he is seeking today. "What I want is my worldwide team's success, not individual awards".


When asked about Musk being in the cave, Unsworth shrugged and said: "and [he] was asked to leave very quickly, as he should have been".

"You know what, don't bother showing the video".

The "Wild Boars" football team is recovering in hospital after 18 days spent inside the Tham Luang cave, which it entered on June 23 before getting trapped by monsoon floodwaters.

Unsworth was part of an global team of cave-diving experts who rescued the group of 12 teenage boys and their coach last week.

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.

The Tesla CEO had traveled to Thailand earlier this week, touting his "mini-sub" that he said was built with rocket parts and could be carried by two divers.

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