Elon Musk Appears to Label British Cave Rescue Diver a Paedophile
In an astonishing outburst on Twitter, billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk appeared to label British cave rescue diver Vernon Unsworth a paedophile.
Unsworth, who was instrumental in overseeing the successful rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach that has caught the world's attention over the last few weeks, has threatened legal action against the CEO of SpaceX.
The tweets, which have since been deleted, were broadcast to Musk's 22 million followers after Mr Unsworth dismissed the mini-submarine that Musk was building as having 'absolutely no chance of working,' because '[Musk] had no conception of what the cave passage was like,' Unsworth said during an interview with CNN outside the Tham Luang cave system, where a clean-up operation is taking place after the rescue.
'The submarine, I believe, was about 5ft 6in long, rigid,' said Unsworth, 'so it wouldn’t have gone round corners or round any obstacles.'
Musk appears to claim that the rescue was not as difficult as the world's media has been reporting, suggesting that the 'water level was very low' and that 'you could literally have swum to cave 5 with no gear.'
After receiving an outpouring of criticism from his followers for labelling Unsworth a 'pedo guy', Musk replied with 'Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.'
Questioned by journalists outside the Tham Luang cave system where the rescue took place, Vernon said 'I believe he’s called me a paedophile. I think people realise what sort of guy he is.' When the reporters asked if he would be taking legal action against Musk, he replied: 'Yes, it's not finished.'
Claus Rasmussen, a Danish national and instructor at Blue Label Diving in Phuket, who had travelled to Chiang Rai to assist with the rescue operation referred to Musk's tweets as 'inappropriate', telling journalists that '[Unsworth] was the guy who effectively mapped most of that cave.'
The rescue of the Wild Boars football team and their coach was successfully completed on 10 July with a collaboration between the Thai Navy Seals and volunteer cave divers from around the world.