Thai Cave Rescuer Says Elon Musk’s Mission Was a "PR Stunt"

Marco Green
July 15, 2018

Elon Musk went on a freakish rant against a British diver involved in last week's Thai cave rescue after the diver mocked the billionaire tech entrepreneur's proposed plan to help with the mission.

"He can stick his submarine where it hurts", Unsworth said in an interview with CNN.

"It just had absolutely no chance of working. It wouldn't have made it the first 50 meters into the cave from the dive start point".

"Just a P.R. stunt". It's unclear why Musk saw fit to use such unhinged language in a dispute that had nothing to do with such subject matter.

Unsworth initially pinpointed where he thought the boys would be in the trapped cave.

The CEO subsequently denied the accusations on Twitter, saying: "Reports that I am a top donor to GOP are categorically false". They were found 200m from that spot.

In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. "It is made of rocket parts and named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team", he wrote.

Another one of the divers who helped rescue the boys, Australian diver Craig Challen, told ABC.net.au that he didn't know if everyone would make it out alive. "Checked with dive team many times to confirm it was worthwhile", Musk tweeted. Vern Unsworth, a British rescue worker and cave diver who was "instrumental" in locating the boys before transferring the mission to more specialized rescue operatives, criticized the billionaire for his promotion of a submarine that Musk claimed could assist in the rescue. "If the rain holds out it may well be used".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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