The British diver involved in the mission to rescue 12 Thai boys and their coach is considering filing legal actions against Elon Musk, who has reportedly labeled him as a “pedo guy.” The news over the diver’s plan sent Tesla shares tumbling.
Spelunker Vernon Unsworth had called a submarine designed by a team of technicians under Musk as a “PR stunt.” The billionaire CEO of Tesla has put forward a suggestion to use the vessel, which is made out of a SpaceX rocket part, to assist the rescuers in saving the soccer team from a flooded cave system in Chiang Rai.
“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” said Unsworth of Musk’s submarine suggestion in an interview.
“It just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like,” he added.
Musk responded and unleashed a vicious attack on the cave explorer on Twitter. On Sunday, he stated that he would release video footage of the cylinder-shaped vessel while sailing through one of the caves. The series of tweets are now deleted.
Afterward, he made the baseless claim that Unsworth was a pedophile. “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it,” he said.
Another Twitter user challenged him on his remarks, to which he responded: “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”
Those tweets have already been deleted.
“I believe he’s called me a pedophile,” said Unsworth. “I think people realize what sort of guy Musk is.”
Unsworth reportedly told reporters that he would consider pushing for legal actions against the automaker Tesla CEO.
Tesla shares declined more than 3 percent on Monday.
Musk has previously stated that sometimes it would be better to refrain from responding to criticisms on social media.
In a separate interview, Musk reportedly said, “I have made the mistaken assumption – and I will attempt to better at this – of thinking that because somebody is on Twitter and is attacking me that it is open season. And that is my mistake. I will correct it.”
The Pressure Increases on Musk
Before they were finally rescued last week, the boys’ soccer team was trapped in the Tham Luang cave system for over two weeks. Musk was involved in efforts to rescue the team one week prior to the successful rescue mission. He travelled to Thailand with a group of engineers to meet with Thai officials.
Even though the submarine was not used in any part of the mission, the billionaire insisted that the vehicle could be utilized at some point in the future, either underwater or out there in space.
Elon Musk has come under much pressure during the recent few months with frustrations racking up over his electric car companies production and cash outflow troubles. Tesla hit its production target of 5,000 cars per week earlier in the week.
On the flip side, worries have appeared over the possible shortcuts taken to accomplish the goal, such as foregoing brake tests in the final days of the production process.