Elon Musk slams Thai cave rescuer as a 'pedo guy' after he criticizes Musk's rescue plan

Tesla CEO Elon Musk threw an online tantrum over criticism of his plan to use a submarine to rescue the trapped Thai soccer team from waterlogged caves, smearing one of his naysayers, a British rescue diver, as a “pedo guy.”

Musk, 47, took aim at Vernon Unsworth on Twitter Sunday morning after the British cave explorer dismissed Musk’s minisub rescue plan as nothing but a “PR stunt,” and claimed the South African billionaire was asked to leave Thailand upon his arrival.

“Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves. Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great,” Musk wrote. “Thai navy seals escorted us in – total opposite of wanting us to leave.”

Musk’s rant continued as he called Unsworth a “pedo guy” — with no apparent basis for the ugly claim. He also insisted his rescue plan actually would have worked.

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“You know what, don’t bother showing the (final rescue) video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo,” he wrote. “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”

Unsworth, 63, was instrumental in the rescue of the 12 soccer players and their coach, as he lives nearby and has an expert knowledge of the cave system in which they were trapped. It was also he who first pinpointed the team’s possible location.

“(Musk) can stick his submarine where it hurts,” he told CNN. “It had absolutely no chance of working… He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. (The submarine) wouldn’t have made the first 50 meters into the cave from the dive start point. Just a PR stunt.”

The explorer also said Musk was “asked to leave very quickly” upon his arrival, “and so he should have been.”

Musk headed to Thailand last week with a 6-foot submarine from one of SpaceX’s Falcon rockets in the hopes that it would help free the team, who had been trapped for weeks in the caves.

Musk on Sunday again insisted his help on location was requested, and claimed he declined several times before finally agreeing after the death of one of the would-be rescuers, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.

“I was asked to help repeatedly. Declined several times, as I thought they had it in hand & only agreed to help when Thai SEAL died,” he wrote. “We designed the mini-sub to (British diver Richard) Stanton’s specifications and brought a flexible rescue pod just in case.”

Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osotthanakorn said Tuesday Musk’s submarine was not “practical” and could not be used in the rescue.

Meanwhile, Musk was also snappy with a Twitter user who wrote that his submarine was “absurd.”

“Stay tuned jackass …” he replied.