Billionaire Elon Musk calls Thai rescuer a 'pedo'

Jeannie Matthews
July 16, 2018

Musk has since deleted the tweets but not apologised.

Musk was widely mocked on social media after the boys were rescued without the use of his submarine. James Anderson, a partner at Baillie Gifford, Tesla's fourth-largest shareholder, said in a recent Bloomberg interview the company needed a period of "peace and execution", adding: "It would be good to just concentrate on the core task".

"He can stick his submarine where it hurts", said Unsworth, who had a "pivotal" role in the rescue by helping authorities pinpoint the boys' location, according to CNN.

Elon Musk has labelled British diver Vern Unsworth a "pedo guy" after he criticised his submarine. "It wouldn't have made the first fifty meters into the cave".

Unsworth has yet to respond to the Musk's tweet.

The billionaire attracted controversy for his approach to the Thai rescue after Narongsak Osatanakorn, head of the joint command centre, said the mini-submarine would not have been practical. He then denied Unsworth's claim that Thai officials asked him to leave the cave site when he went there July 9, saying, "Thai navy seals escorted us in - total opposite of wanting us to leave".

Dr Zeynep Tufekci, a tech expert, wrote how Mr Musk became frustrated when rescue crews said his contraption was impractical for the task at hand.

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"We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problem".

"Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it", Musk wrote, clarifying in a follow-up tweet that he meant "the Brit expat diver" was a pedophile.

He was involved in the rescue for the whole 17 days. The "Wild Boars" football team and the coach had been stuck in the cave since June 23.

Dr Richard "Harry" Harris was the last member of the rescue team to leave the cave.

In a series of tweets responding to a New York Times opinion writer who encouraged Musk to see the experience "as a lesson", Musk defended his submarine and vowed to share video of the project's success.

Stanton replied: "It is absolutely worth continuing with the development of this system in as timely a manner as feasible".

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