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Diver Who Helped Thai Boys May Sue Elon Musk After Billionaire Labelled Him A 'Pedo'

Diver Who Helped Thai Boys May Sue Elon Musk After Billionaire Labelled Him A 'Pedo'

Tesla CEO attacked Vernon Unsworth over Thai rescue mission after Mr Unsworth said Musk had staged 'PR stunt' by building submarine

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

First Elon Musk was a hero for providing help to the Thai football team who were trapped miles into a cave for two weeks. Then he was mocked for his contributions as he was trying to build a 'tiny, kid-sized submarine'.

And now he's called one of the divers who was involved in the strenuous mission a 'pedo' after the British man said that Musk's building of the underwater pod was a 'PR stunt' that had 'absolutely no chance of working'.

According to the MailOnline, Mr Unsworth has not seen Musk's tweets yet but when he does he will weigh up his options and when he was asked whether he will take legal action he said 'if it's what I think it is yes,' before adding: "This ain't finished".

The tech billionaire has since deleted the comments made on Twitter, where he has 22.3 million followers.

The Guardian reported that Mr Unsworth said: "I believe he's called me a paedophile. I think people realise what sort of guy [Musk] is."


Musk was responding to an interview with Mr Unsworth where he said a child-sized submarine had 'absolutely no chance of working'.

The rescuer said in an interview with CNN: "He can stick his submarine where it hurts."

Mr Unsworth added: "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. The submarine, I believe, was about 5ft 6in long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles.

"It wouldn't have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point. Just a PR stunt."

Hitting back in a series of tweets, Musk said he was produce a video proving his submarine would have reached the children and in a comment aimed at Unsworth he said: "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it."


The Guardian have reported that when a Twitter user pointed out that Musk was 'calling the guy who found the children a pedo', the billionaire responded: "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true." Both tweets have since been deleted.

Unsworth, 63, who lives in Thailand, was among the first divers on the scene in Mae Sai after the boys from the Wild Boars football team and their coach became trapped inside on 23 June.


Unsworth said he had saved copies of Musk's tweets and believed that the businessman had 'lost the plot', adding: "I have a lot of support from people around the world astonished by his unfounded comments."

He said he had no contact with Musk throughout the rescue operation nor since. "I don't know the guy, never met the guy, and don't want to meet the guy," he said.


Mark Stephens, a partner at London law firm, Howard Kennedy, said: "It's a cast iron case of libel and [Unsworth] will undoubtedly be able to sue. [If he sued] he would get damages and award of costs.

"They would be substantial, probably around £125,000 ($165,000). The challenge is that he would have to find assets of Musk's outside of the America."

James Anderson, a partner at Baillie Gifford, Tesla's fourth-largest shareholder, told the Guardian in an email: "I intend to convey my - predictable I trust - feelings to the company tomorrow." He declined to elaborate.

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Topics: elon musk, News, Thailand, Twitter, Rescue, world