Billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk’s spat with British cave diver Vernon Unsworth commenced about a week ago, after the rescue teams dismissed Musk’s offer of a mini child-sized submarine made by his rocket organization SpaceX using spare rocket parts to help save the 12 member soccer team and their coach caught inside the flooded cave of Tham Luang in the northern area of Chiang Rai. “He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” CNN cited Unsworth saying a week ago. “It just has absolutely no chance of working.”
Musk had proposed the idea for “a tiny kid-sized submarine” for the rescue operation in a tweet. On 9 July, he showed a test of the prototype submarine in a Los Angeles swimming pool. Last week, the leader of the rescue operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, had rejected Musk’s mini-submarine as not fit for the task.
Musk took to Twitter to reply to these statements and said “You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one (video) of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
But the tweet by this billionaire CEO was later deleted.
Though Musk gave no evidence for calling Unsworth a paedophile, people have taken screenshots of his tweet and claim that it was directed to the Thai Cave Diver who found the boys.
It is believed that Unsworth is willing to take a legal action against CEO Musk over the comments that he has made. “It’s not finished. No justification. At the end of the day, we were here to rescue 12 young boys. I don’t really understand the guy. Obviously, it’s a bruised ego. I’ll take advice when I get back to London,” Unsworth said on Monday in an interview held at the cave site.
Vernon Unsworth, 63, is said to return to Britain on July 19, where he will speak to lawyers.
Amidst all the drama, Musk’s company took a major hit as shares of Tesla Inc fell more than 3.5 per cent on Monday after Chief Executive Elon Musk coordinated mishandle on Twitter at Vernon Unsworth, one of the British covers associated with the rescue of 12 Thai students a week ago. Various investors and financial analysts disclosed that Musk’s remarks were adding to their worries that his open articulations were diverting him from Tesla’s fundamental business of producing electric cars. The stock sell-off thumped nearly $2 billion off the organization’s considerable worth.
Tesla shares were at $307.20 in after-hours trading on Monday from Friday’s close of $318.87. James Anderson, a partner at Tesla’s fourth-largest shareholder, asset manager Baillie Gifford, called the end of the week’s occasions “a regrettable instance.”