Elon Musk calls Brit diver in Thai cave rescue a 'pedo guy'

by Ben Pena July 17, 2018, 1:32
Elon Musk calls Brit diver in Thai cave rescue a 'pedo guy'

Musk, without providing any justification or explanation, referred to Unsworth as "pedo guy" in a since-deleted tweet on Sunday. That spelunker, Vernon Unsworth, called Musk's submarine "a PR stunt".

On Sunday, Musk unleashed on Unsworth, writing on Twitter that he meant to build the child-size submarine he offered to rescuers for the Thailand mission that they rejected.

As for Musk's submarine?

Musk, who's not shy about courting controversy on social media, draws intense attention to each post he makes.

"He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", Unsworth said in the interview. "The submarine, I believe, was about five-foot-six long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles".

The executive challenged Unsworth to post a video of the final rescue to prove his claim that the pod wouldn't have been able to penetrate even the first 50 meters of the cave from the dive start point.

He said of Musk that he can "stick his submarine where it hurts". "I'm not going to make any further comment about him, but I think people realize what sort of guy he is", he said.

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"I thought they had it in hand & only agreed to help when Thai SEAL died (deep cave pumps not operating at time)", Musk said. Unsworth's knowledge of the Thai cave system helped rescuers locate the missing soccer team.

Musk later deleted the tweets.

The entrepreneur doubled down on his claim, tweeting from his official account to more than 22 million followers: "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

Last week, Musk also took to Twitter to pledge to help Flint, Mich., residents affected by the city's water crisis, replying to a user that he would commit to "fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels".

The Guardian consulted a legal expert who thought Unsworth had "a cast iron case of libel". Unsworth told CNN he is considering legal action. He said Musk, whom he had never met, must have a "bruised ego".

Engineers from SpaceX, Musk's rocket company, has been training members of the Thai Navy to use the mini-submarine.

Shares of the electric vehicle maker were down 3.5 percent in late-morning trading at $307.82 on news that Musk could face a libel suit over the episode.

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