Elon Musk calls Thailand cave rescuer a 'pedo guy'

"Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it".

Musk was angrily responding to an interview Unsworth gave on Sunday in which he said a child-sized submarine the Tesla chief executive delivered to the cave site last week "had absolutely no chance of working". Musk soon promised to prove Unsworth wrong-and lobbed a baseless charge of pedophilia at the rescuer. It's unclear what provoked the outburst, but earlier this month Unsworth spoke critically of Musk's miniature submarine design in an interview with CNN.

Mr Unsworth added: "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like". "It wouldn't have made the first 50 meters into the cave from the dive start point".

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".

Unsworth said Monday that he is considering legal action against Musk, telling a reporter for Australia's Nine Network, "it's not finished". "I'm not going to make any further comment about him, but I think people realize what sort of guy he is", he said.

Unsworth told AFP on Monday he had not reviewed the tweets in full and had only heard about them. At the time, Unsworth hadn't yet read Musk's tweets but had been told about them.

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Musk's "pedo" tweet attracted immediate backlash with many users calling him out for hurling serious and unfounded accusations for all of his 22 million followers to see. Musk traveled to the site in Chiang Rai province, but the team was rescued by Thai divers with aid from an global group of volunteers. The British expat recently criticized Musk's quick development of a kid-size rescue pod as a "PR stunt" that would not have been able to navigate the tightest cave passageways.

He then doubled down on the claim, writing: "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true". "I don't know the guy, never met the guy, and don't want to meet the guy", he said.

Musk's tweets attacking the cave expert prompted condemnation from others who took part in the risky mission to extract the boys from the subterranean Tham Luang cave network through a narrow, water-filled passage.

Tesla shares are down 3.7% this year.

Musk later deleted the tweets and did not immediately respond to a request for comment through Tesla.

  • Wendy Palmer