By Russell Parton
US tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched an a baseless attack on a British diver involved in rescuing the trapped Thai schoolboys, calling him a “pedo guy”.
It came after diver Vern Unsworth described Mr Musk’s offer to rescue the boys using a mini-submersible as a “PR stunt”, telling the SpaceX boss to “stick his submarine where it hurts”.
Mr Musk travelled to the Tham Luang caverns in Chiang Rai last week and presented the “kid sized” vessel, which he said could help free the 12 schoolboys stranded for weeks inside the network of waterlogged tunnels with their coach.
But Mr Unsworth said the six-foot submarine “had absolutely no chance of working” because the billionaire inventor “had no conception of what the cave passage was like”.
In response, Mr Musk defended his invention in a series of tweets before adding: “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
Mr Musk wrote: “Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand at any point when we were in the caves. Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great. Thai navy seals escorted us in – total opposite of wanting us to leave.
“Water level was actually very low and still (not flowing) – you could literally have swum to Cave 5 with no gear, which is obviously how the kids got in. “If not true, then I challenge this dude to show final rescue video.”
He then added: “You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5, no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
The head of the rescue mission described the device as “not practical” for the operation, which involved squeezing the boys through tight, jagged passageways. All 12 boys and their coach were later rescued by divers without Mr Musk’s help.
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