All 12 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were successfully rescued from a Thai cave just days ago. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk may face a lawsuit after calling one of the rescue divers a “pedo.”

Musk sent a mini-submarine to support rescue efforts in Thailand, but diver Vern Unsworth said it was nothing but a “PR stunt” in an interview with CNN.

“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth said. “It just had absolutely no chance of working.”

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In a series of since-deleted tweets, the CEO first challenged Unsworth to “show [the] final rescue video,” then saying, “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.”

Following this comment, Unsworth said he’s considering taking legal action against the Tesla kingpin. “Yes, it’s not finished,” he told Australia’s 7 News Sydney.

After receiving immediate backlash, Musk tweeted, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true,” of his baseless accusation. Both tweets have been removed. The billionaire has yet to provide any justification for what he said.


According to BBC, rescue mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn even said Musk’s donated submarine “doesn’t fit with our mission.”

However, Musk continued to post updates of the “kid-size” submarine.

In the rescue effort, Unsworth was able to supply much-needed knowledge of the Tham Luang cave system to help save the soccer team.


“I believe he’s called me a pedophile. Well, (if) by definition rescuing 12 young boys… that puts everybody in the same context.”

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