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One of the rescuers of a youth soccer crew that was trapped in a Thai cave is reportedly contemplating authorized motion in opposition to Elon Musk after the Telsa CEO referred to as him a “pedo” on Twitter.
Vern Unsworth, a British cave explorer, mentioned Monday he was “astonished and very angry” on the billionaire’s accusation.
Musk, who constructed a mini-submarine to help the rescue mission, was apparently responding after Unsworth referred to as the machine “a PR stunt.”
Musk responded in a sequence of now-deleted tweets: “Never noticed this British expat man who lives in Thailand (sus) at any level after we have been within the caves. Only individuals in sight have been the Thai navy/military guys, who have been nice.
“Water stage was truly very low … you could possibly actually have swum to Cave 5 with no gear, which is obv how the children acquired in. If not true, then I problem this dude to point out remaining rescue video.”
He then added: “You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
Many customers urged Musk to withdraw the remark, however he doubled down — writing “bet ya a signed dollar it’s true” — earlier than deleting.
Unsworth, 63, informed reporters on the cave web site, the place a cleanup operation is below approach, that the remarks have been an assault on your entire rescue crew. Asked if he would contemplate authorized motion in opposition to Musk, he told The Guardian: “Yes, it’s not finished.”
Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co. designed the mini-submarine to assist rescue the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach who turned trapped within the cave June 23 when a flash flood blocked the doorway. They have been lastly delivered to security on Tuesday. A Thai Navy SEAL died throughout the operation.
Musk’s machine was usual out of a tube for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. He mentioned the opposite cave divers and rescuers have been “unsung heroes.”
The boys and their coach have been nonetheless recovering below quarantine in a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand, Monday, the place all were improving quickly, the nation’s prime public well being official mentioned.
In May, Musk faced criticism for dismissing questions from analysts and reporters on a convention name as “bonehead” and “boring”and even proposed a Yelp-style scores system for journalists.