United Kingdom caver considering legal action after Elon Musk tweet

This isn’t over’ Thai cave rescue diver threatens legal action over Musk’s ‘pedo’ tweet

As previously reported, Musk and his engineering team sent over a "kid-sized" submarine to support attempts to free the boys.

Among other things, Unsworth said Musk's submarine had "absolutely no chance of working". "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", CNN quoted Unsworth as saying. 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. "It wouldn't have made the first fifty metres into the cave. just a PR stunt". "It was just a PR stunt".

Musk did not take Unsworth's remarks lightly.

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'm not going to make any further comment about him, but I think people realise what sort of guy he is".

A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue mission has indicated he could sue Elon Musk for defamatory comments.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO had floated a number of high-tech ideas to assist with the rescue, including an underwater air tunnel and an inflatable tube, before settling on the mini-submarine, tweeting videos of the contraption being tested.

"Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it", the 47-year-old tweeted.

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Though many saw the effort as good-hearted, some shared Unsworth's cynicism, accusing Musk of egotism, overconfidence, and self-aggrandizement.

Musk had reportedly been seen briefly in Thailand during the rescue last week, bringing a "hastily built" mini-sub to the mouth of the cave shortly before divers rescued the youths.

Musk's tweets prompted condemnation from those who took part in the mission to save the boys.

Meanwhile the two Australians who helped in the worldwide rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team were given diplomatic immunity in the event anything went wrong during the treacherous rescue.

Challen has explained how he worked closely with Harris to medically assess the boys and their coach and get them ready for the rescue operation.

The caver told AFP he would make a decision when he flies back to the United Kingdom this week, but said the episode with Musk "ain't finished".

In his tirade of tweets, Musk denied the charge, claiming that he was welcomed in Thailand and assisted all the way to the caves in Chiang Rai where the kids were stranded.

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