British rescuer threatens to sue Elon Musk following 'pedo guy' tweet

Randal Sanchez
July 18, 2018

One of the British cave divers who helped rescue 12 children trapped in a Thai cave is now considering legal action against Elon Musk after the billionaire called him a "pedo".

Musk personally visited Thailand to deliver the sub, but numerous boys had already been rescued by the time he arrived, and Unsworth, who lives in Thailand and has spent years exploring the Tham Luang cave system where the boys were trapped, called Musk's actions a "PR stunt" and said the sub had "absolutely no chance of working".

Musk's tweets attacking Unsworth prompted condemnation from those who took part in the mission to save the boys.

Unsworth said he was considering taking legal action against Musk, but the fallout could be wider and more significant. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it. Munster said that he is writing to Musk "on behalf of investors who believe in you and your mission".

The tweet was later deleted.

In addition to threats from the diver to sue Musk for his remark, the event also saw Tesla's shares drop by 3.5% on Monday morning.

Anderson and others noted how Tesla has been at the forefront of electric vehicle development and reducing carbon emissions - and Musk's controversial Twitter comments could jeopardize that. The British diver reportedly helped recruit top worldwide cave rescue experts for the mission as well. Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great.

Unsworth has said he is considering legal action against the billionaire entrepreneur, who is chief executive of the electric vehicle maker Tesla.

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Musk had already attracted criticism for his approach to the Thai rescue after Narongsak Osatanakorn, head of the joint command center, said the mini-submarine was sophisticated, but not practical for the operation.

The interview spread through the weekend - until a Twitter user baited Musk into responding to it, just as he had been lured by another fan into devising his submarine.

In our view, your outburst at analysts on the March 2018 earnings call, your ongoing frustration with short sellers and the media, your June email exchange with the saboteur, and your confrontation on Twitter with cave diver Vern Unsworth each raised flags with investors. "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true", Musk said when someone challenged him on such an outrageous claim.

Reuters could not immediately reach Unsworth for comment. When the press, along with people actually working on the mission, failed to take his cave rescue plan seriously, Musk felt oppressed.

Much like other public figures (cough, Donald Trump, cough), Musk has a reputation for tweeting first and thinking after.

A police officer in the Chiang Rai district where Unsworth has lived for seven years, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that no charges or complaints had ever been filed against Unsworth.

The Tesla chief executive has also been criticized over his involvement in multiple local matters.

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