Elon Musk came under fire on Sunday after launching an extraordinary attack on a British diver who helped rescue the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, baselessly calling him a "pedo" on Twitter and then doubling down.
"He (Mr Musk) had no conception of what the cave passage was like".
Unsworth said Musk's mini-sub stunt, in fact, got in the way of the rescue.
"It just had absolutely no chance of working", he said. The British diver went on to say Musk "can stick his submarine where it hurts". The submarine was reportedly 5 feet and 6 inches long, small enough to carry one of the boys but likely rigid and obtuse in the tight, murky dimensions of the cave network.
Getty ImagesElon Musk called a hero British cave diver who criticized him a "pedo guy". "It wouldn't have made the first fifty meters into the cave".
Some have pointed out that Musk may have been correct in his statement the water was very low, and that is how the kids got all the way to cavern 5.
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Dr Zeynep Tufekci, a tech expert, wrote how Mr Musk became frustrated when rescue crews said his contraption was impractical for the task at hand.
As Ohlheiser wrote, Musk soon "started a Twitter argument over how much credit he deserved for offering to help save the youths", during which argument he showed off an email of himself corresponding with one of the British divers and incidentally claimed that the Thai official in charge of the rescue had not been in charge.
Musk responded early this morning, New Zealand time, referring to Unsworth as "pedo guy" and saying he would make a video proving that the submarine was a viable rescue method. "Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great".
During the rescue, Musk had tweeted about his idea to help.
Last Tuesday, Musk told his Twitter followers he had just returned from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.
In his next tweet six minutes later, Musk replied, "don't bother showing the video" and promised to send his sub to the spot where the soccer team was trapped. The "Wild Boars" football team and the coach had been stuck in the cave since June 23.