Tesla’s outspoken and candid CEO, Elon Musk, has entertained and enlightened us on multiple occasions and kept us on our toes with his tweets since shortly after Moses parted the Red Sea. However, it seems that he’s finally had his first social media meltdown, after comments about his efforts in the recently-concluded efforts to rescue 12 trapped Thai boys and their coach from a flooded cave network seemingly pushed him over the edge.
Vernon Unsworth is a British expatriate who lives in Thailand, and had intimate knowledge of the cave network the boys were trapped in after heavy rain flooded the caves. Unsworth’s efforts got rescuers within 200m of where the boys were eventually located; He then stayed on for another 17 days as part of the efforts to free the group of thirteen.
In an interview with CNN, Unsworth said that Musk can “stick his submarine where it hurts,” and then continued:
“[The submarine] just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. The submarine, I believe, was about five-foot-six long, rigid… it wouldn’t have gone round any corners or obstacles. It wouldn’t have made it the first 50m from the dive start point. Just a PR stunt. He was asked to leave very quickly, and so he should have been.” — Vernon Unsworth
Wasting no time, Musk took to Twitter to retaliate against Unsworth. The tweets he posted have since been deleted, but the internet never forgets.
Speaking to the Guardian, Vernon Unsworth says that he will be looking to take legal action against Musk, saying that he was “astonished and angry” at the attack. “I think people will realise what sort of guy [Musk] is.”