British caver from Thai rescue slams Elon Musk submarine as 'PR stunt'

Lloyd Doyle
July 16, 2018

Musk, for no reason whatsoever, called Unsworth a "pedo". "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like".

Unsworth was instrumental in the rescue of the boy's soccer team, but lambasted Musk's submarine plan in an interview published by CNN Friday.

Musk was responding to criticism from British caver Vernon Unsworth, who told CNN that Musk "can stick his submarine where it hurts".

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

Musk's derogatory tweet appears to be a response to comments made by British diver Vern Unsworth, who helped extract the boys and their coach from the Tham Luang cave complex.

Since then, he has been arguing with people who accuse him of shoehorning himself into the drama and imagining hypotheticals in which rescuers had not deemed his hastily built submarine unnecessary and impractical. "Thai navy seals escorted us in - total opposite of wanting us to leave", Musk wrote.

After Zeynep Tufecki, a professor who writes about the social impact of technology, penned a mostly critical New York Times opinion piece about what Musk could learn from the experience, the billionaire continued to fire back. "We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo".

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Musk referred to Unsworth as a "pedo", requested video of the cave rescue, retracted that request, then promised proof that his submarine could have, in fact, performed the rescue.


Unsworth initially pinpointed where he thought the boys would be in the trapped cave.

He was involved in the rescue for the whole 17 days.

Perth vet Craig Challen and expert cave diver Adelaide anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris were awarded the protection following negotiations between Australian and Thai authorities, Four Corners has revealed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team.

Update, July 15th, 2018, at 5:30pm ET: Musk has apparently deleted the tweets after they resulted in widespread media coverage (as well as anger and mockery).

"Just returned from Cave 3".

After the boys were rescued, Musk was quick to tweet his heartfelt sentiments about the mission.

"Mini-sub is ready if needed. If the rain holds out it may well be used".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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