Elon Musk, British Diver Exchange Harsh Words After Rescue of 12 Boys From Flooded Thai Cave
By NPR // July 16, 2018
(NPR) – Entrepreneur Elon Musk and a British diver who helped rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand last week are engaged in a public spat over the specially designed mini-submarine that Musk offered to rescuers but was never used.
In an interview with CNN, Diver Vern Unsworth was asked for his thoughts on Musk’s “kid-sized” submersible.
“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth replied.
Unsworth called the mini-sub a “PR stunt” by the billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX and said it “had absolutely no chance of working,” because Musk and his team of engineers “had no conception of what the cave passage was like.”
He said because the vehicle was rigid, it would never have made it around and through tight spaces to reach Cave 5 in the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand, where the boys from the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped.
In tweets that appear to have since been deleted, Musk said the submarine would have managed easily, as “you could literally have swum to Cave 5 with no gear.”
“… I challenge this dude to show final rescue video,” Musk said, referring to Unsworth.
A few minutes later, Musk 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 problem. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
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