Musk calls mini-sub rescue plan critic ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter tirade

Musk calls mini-sub rescue plan critic ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter tirade

Musk calls mini-sub rescue plan critic ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter tirade

Dr Zeynep Tufekci, a tech expert, wrote how Mr Musk became frustrated when rescue crews said his contraption was impractical for the task at hand.

Some users reported Musk's comments to Twitter, one saying he "shouldn't be allowed to use Twitter to unleash [his] followers on people like this".

Now that all 12 boys have been safely recovered, one of the rescuers involved, Vern Unsworth, has slammed Musk's involvement as "a PR stunt".

His comments were echoed by Unsworth, a participant in the rescue bid, who said Musk could "stick his submarine where it hurts". "[Musk] had no conception of what the cave passage was like".

Musk megafans - who are a particularly wonderful genre of angry online dude - argue that the billionaire should not be criticised for attempting to help, even though his efforts ended up being pretty neutral in the actual rescue.

In the video, Unsworth goes on to allege that Musk's effort was just a PR stunt, and that he was "very quickly" asked to leave the rescue site when he showed up with his submarine, which had been cobbled together from rocket parts at SpaceX.


Elon Musk called a diver who helped in the Thai cave rescue a "pedo guy" in a lengthy Twitter thread on Sunday.

"It just had absolutely no chance of working", Unsworth said.

Musk did not take Unsworth's remarks lightly. In a tweet Saturday, Musk called his political leanings moderate and touted his support for environmental and humanitarian causes.

"We will make [a video] of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo".

"Mr Musk's desire to help was commendable", she wrote. "We designed the mini-sub to Stanton's specifications *and* brought a flexible rescue pod just in case".

However, Musk didn't offer any evidence to support his claim against Unsworth, a resident of Thailand's Chiang Rai province who has spent six years exploring the Tham Luang caves, according to CNN. The team built a mini submarine dubbed "Wild Boar" (after the name of the team), which they believed could transport the boys to safety.

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