Elon Musk calls Thai cave rescuer a 'pedo' for mocking submarine

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It may be a exhausted comparison, but attacking people on Twitter with baseless accusations like Musk did this morning by calling one of the Thai rescue divers "pedo guy" has sealed the deal.

Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX, began directing the creation of a submarine (nicknamed "Wild Boar" after the boys' sports team) in the hopes of assisting the rescue effort.

Musk had already attracted criticism for his approach to the Thai rescue after Narongsak Osatanakorn, head of the joint command centre, said the mini-submarine was sophisticated but not practical for the operation.

This set Musk on a Twitter rampage - which have become all too common for the 47-year-old entrepreneur. "Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great". Then, like a petulant child, Musk said he'd send his little submarine into the cave anyway, just to prove it could work.

"Mr Musk's desire to help was commendable", she wrote.

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

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Depending on who you ask, Musk was either just a huge attention seeker or a billionaire rocket inventor just trying to do his bit.

Instead of deleting his tweet, walking back his accusation, or apologizing, Musk is thus far owning his statement, and using it to advertise an ETH and BTC giveaway lower in the thread, seemingly oblivious to the negative comments swirling around him.

"Am registered independent & politically moderate", Musk said in a tweet. The submarine was about five foot six long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone around corners or around any obstacles. "The submarine I believe..."

Not everyone took kindly to Musk's sore rant, especially the part about Unsworth being called a "pedo". "It just had absolutely no chance of working". When Musk himself went inside the cave, according to Unsworth, he was asked to leave very quickly. "Calling someone a pedo is very risky and you actually could be sued".

Elon Musk is not taking criticism of his submersible that was designed with the hopes of saving the Thai schoolboy football team and their coach from a flooded cave.

Mr Musk initially tweeted that "you could have literally swum to Cave 5 (the cave where the boys were trapped) with no gear, which is obv how the kids got in".