Elon Musk brands Thai boys' rescuer Vern Unsworth a paedophile

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Unsworth, was among the first cave divers on the scene in Mae Sai after the boys from the Wild Boars football team and their coach became trapped inside on June 23.

Musk megafans - who are a particularly wonderful genre of angry online dude - argue that the billionaire should not be criticised for attempting to help, even though his efforts ended up being pretty neutral in the actual rescue.

Earlier in the week, Musk had pledged to be less combative on social media following his series of tweets against Osatanakorn.

Unsworth said Musk was "asked to leave very quickly" after he arrived at the caves during the rescue.

His remarks were shared on Twitter by a certain Rex Kramer (@RexDangerSeeker) who shared screenshots of Unsworth's interview last July 13. "It just has absolutely no chance of working". Unsworth had also stated in a column on Mediate, that he felt it was a publicity stunt for Musk because he had to know it wouldn't work.

Elon Musk is known to have his meltdown moments on Twitter from time to time.

The tweets were later deleted but screenshots have been shared widely online by technology news site Gizmodo.

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Asked by AFP if he would consider legal action against Musk, Unsworth replied, "If it's what I think it is, yes". Declined several times, as I thought they had it in hand & only agreed to help when Thai SEAL died (deep cave pumps not operating at time)", added Musk.

Musk responded on Twitter, implying it was "sus" [suspect] for a British ex-pat to be living in Thailand, before offering to make a video of the mini-sub working inside the cave. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problems. Musk then referred to him as a "pedo", which is short for pedophile.

Musk's tweets weren't met positively by netizens. In a tweet Saturday, Musk called his political leanings moderate and touted his support for environmental and humanitarian causes.

Asked about the "pedo" tweet, Anderson said in an email: "I intend to convey my - predictable I trust - feelings to the company tomorrow".

Taylor Nichol, a former Herald journalist, had sharp words for Musk too.

Some advice for Elon that doesn't cost as much as a defamation suit: Log off, do not pass go, and do not send any more people back into that cave to prove your point.

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