Elon Musk calls Thai cave rescuer a paedophile, may face legal action

Gladys Abbott
July 18, 2018

A British cave explorer who recently helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave network slammed Elon Musk's child-sized submarine proposal as a "PR stunt".

Mr Musk posted the baseless allegations after 63-year-old Mr Unsworth dismissed his offer of donating a mini-submarine to the rescue effort as a "PR stunt". "The submarine, I believe, was about 5-feet 6-inch long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles", Unsworth was quoted as saying.

"It wouldn't have made the first fifty meters into the cave", he said, shaking his head.

In a series of now-deleted Tweets, Musk called cave diving expert Vern Unsworth a "pedo", doubling down on the comment before deleting the Tweets after a storm of public backlash.

Elon Musk called a diver who helped in the Thai cave rescue a "pedo guy" in a lengthy Twitter thread on Sunday. "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it", Musk tweeted.

Mr Musk added: "Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great".

He unleashed one of his famed Twitter rants, saying, "based on extensive cave video review & discussion with several divers who know journey, SpaceX engineering is absolutely certain that mini-sub can do entire journey & demonstrate at any time".

Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago last month.

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The attack against Unsworth, the Guardian reported, was presented without evidence or context, and there is no evidence to substantiate Musk's claim of paedophilia.

Musk has since mooted other potential uses for the contraption, tweeting that it could be used to rescue people trapped in unsafe environments where exposure to toxic gases or waterborne viruses and bacteria may be a concern.

Unsworth said Musk was asked to leave the cave, as "he should have been".

When the interviewer noted that the billionaire had entered the cave, Unsworth said: "He was asked to leave very quickly". It's unclear why Musk saw fit to use such unhinged language in a dispute that had nothing to do with such subject matter.

The boys are now all in good health and expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday.

All 12 boys and their coach were later rescued by divers without Mr Musk's help.

Musk's tweets prompted condemnation from those who took part in the mission to save the boys.

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