Elon Musk apologises to Thai cave diver

Tesla's Musk apologises for comments on British caver

Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized on Tuesday for calling one of the cavers crucial to the rescue of a Thai boys' soccer team a "pedo", accepting that the tweet to his 22.3 million followers was unjustified.

Writing on Twitter on Wednesday, Musk said his words against Unsworth had been "spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub".

The rescuer in question, Vernon Unsworth, said that Musk's mini-sub "had no chance of working" and labelled it a "PR stunt".

When asked by a reporter Monday if he planned to take legal action against Musk, Unsworth said, "Yes, it's not finished".

The tweet was referring to the interview Unsworth did with CNN that was released Friday.

"The submarine I believe was about 5 feet, 6 inches long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles", Unsworth said.

Tesla's Musk apologises for comments on British caver
British caver Vern Unsworth talks during Reuters interview at a hotel in the northern province of Chiang Rai Thailand

After the successful rescue of all 12 kids and the coach, another United Kingdom diver involved in the operation, Vern Unsworth, called the sub a "PR stunt" and said Musk could "stick his submarine where it hurts".

"He's just a PR stunt merchant - that's all he is", Unsworth added.

The tweet, sent to his more than 22 million followers, was later deleted. "I haven't decided what to do next yet", Vern Unsworth told Reuters in Mae Sai town in Chiang Rai province, about 3 km (2 miles) from the cave where the boys and their coach were trapped for 18 days.

James Anderson, Tesla's fourth-largest shareholder, told media he was dissapointed in Musk's behaviour saying immediatley after the incident, "I intend to convey my - predictable I trust - feelings to the company tomorrow".

He said he felt sorry that the squabble with Musk had detracted from the successful end to the rescue mission.

The apology comes after Tesla's shares fell by more than 3% on Monday, wiping out nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) of the company's market value.

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