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Elon Musk Brands Thai Cave Diver A 'Pedo' On Twitter

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Rhonda Young | 16 July, 2018, 13:32

A British cave diver - who was critical in the rescue of the Wild Boar football team trapped in a cave in northern Thailand - says he is considering taking legal action against Tesla chief executive Elon Musk who called him a "pedo over twitter", the Guardian reports.

In now-deleted tweets, Musk seemed to respond to Unsworth's comments, calling the diver "sus" and a "pedo" in a baseless personal attack.

British rescuer Vern Unsworth says he is considering legal action against United States billionaire Elon Musk after he made an unfounded and disparaging claim he was a "pedo", or pedophile, in a now-deleted tweet. "Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great", Musk wrote. Engineers from SpaceX, Musk's rocket company, has been training members of the Thai Navy to use the mini-submarine.

Vernon Unsworth, an explorer who is an expert in the cave, dismissed Musk's submarine was "a PR stunt" in an interview with CNN. He wrote: "We will make [a video] of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo". But that wasn't enough, he then called Unsworth, "Pedo guy", and that is where he might be getting himself in serious trouble. Mr Musk travelled to the Tham Luang caverns in Chiang Rai this week and presented the six-foot submarine - which he said could help free 12 schoolboys stranded for weeks inside the cave.

"He's just a PR stunt merchant - that's all he is", Unsworth added.

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"Just to get any of them out alive would have been a miracle", Unsworth told CNN.

Musk was intensely criticised on Twitter for the attack on Unsworth.

BBC reporter Jonathan Head defended Unsworth, tweeting at Musk an account of his herculean efforts and concluding: "It's somewhere between extremely probable and nearly certain that the 13 would have died trapped in Tham Luang without Unsworth's role".

Musk didn't seem pleased with Unsworth's statements and took to his Twitter page to air out his grievances.

Musk visited the cave site before the rescue operation was carried out.

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Neither Musk nor Unsworth responded to Fox News' requests for comment. "It just has absolutely no chance of working".

"He was the guy who effectively mapped most of that cave", he told AFP.

The caver said he would make a decision when he flies back to the United Kingdom this week, but added that the episode with Musk "ain't finished".

An worldwide team of cave-diving experts rescued the group of 12 teenage boys and their coach last week, after they had been stuck in the cave since June 23.

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