Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Elon Musk's stunning 'pedo' Twitter tirade at hero British diver

Elon Musk's stunning 'pedo' Twitter tirade at hero British diver

By the time he arrived numerous boys had already been rescued and British caver Vernon Unsworth, who lives in Thailand and has spent years exploring the Tham Luang cave system where the boys were trapped, said Musk's actions were a "PR stunt" and that the sub had "absolutely no chance of working".

Musk responded Sunday in a freaky series of tweets referring to Unsworth without using his name as "pedo guy".

The freaky attack came after the rescue diver claimed that the mini-sub that Mr Musk built for the rescue and delivered to the site personally was just a PR stunt.

A British diver has said Elon Musk can "stick his submarine where it hurts" after the billionaire turned up to the site of the trapped football team.

"It had absolutely no chance of working".

Musk responded on Twitter, implying it was "sus" [suspect] for a British ex-pat to be living in Thailand, before offering to make a video of the mini-sub working inside the cave. The submarine was reportedly 5 feet and 6 inches long, small enough to carry one of the boys but likely rigid and obtuse in the tight, murky dimensions of the cave network.

First, Musk seemed to question whether Unsworth was even there.

All 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from Thailand cave
He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys were rescued on Sunday. Their escape led to an explosion of jubilation on social media in Thailand as the rescued boys were rushed to hospital.

Musk then criticised the leader of the rescue mission, saying he was "not the subject matter expert" and any goodwill towards Musk dried up.

"I was *asked* to help repeatedly", Musk continued in another tweet.

Musk's final tweet in the thread referred to Unsworth as "pedo guy".

Musk fired back on Twitter over the weekend, taking his reply a step too far in calling Unsworth a pedophile, causing many on the social media platform to ask Musk to delete the tweet, which he later did.

Now that all 12 boys have been safely recovered, one of the rescuers involved, Vern Unsworth, has slammed Musk's involvement as "a PR stunt". "But when the head of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, declared that Mr Musk's contraption was impractical for the task at hand - a task that had been completed, at that point, by some of the world's top cave divers - Mr Musk responded with irritation", she wrote.

However, Musk didn't offer any evidence to support his claim against Unsworth, a resident of Thailand's Chiang Rai province who has spent six years exploring the Tham Luang caves, according to CNN.

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