Wait, what? Image: AFP
Elon Musk will have you know that if Elon Musk ever offers you a goddamn submarine to carry out a super sensitive rescue mission, then you better not disappoint Elon Musk and use that submarine. No matter how impractical the Elon Musk submarine may be.
Or else, Elon Musk will call you a paedophile on Twitter.
It's been five days since the 12 young soccer players and their football coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex by a rescue team after a week.
The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach had been trapped in the cave since June 23, when they went exploring the northern Thailand cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.
SpaceX CEO Musk visited the flooded Thai cave and left a mini-submarine there for future use after a Twitter user asked him for help in the rescue mission.
The tech entrepreneur tweeted on Tuesday morning that he'd "Just returned from Cave 3," referring to the rescuers' command centre and posted photos of the cave, which featured people working their way through chest-high water.
Musk had offered a 'kid-sized' submarine named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team to help in the rescue operation. He posted videos of the sub being tested in a swimming pool in California with simulated narrow passages like the cave.
A few hours later, a rescue team was able to extract the children and the coach — without the help of Musk's submarine.
British diver Vern Unsworth, who was instrumental in the rescue operation, called Musk's submarine a PR stunt.
"He can stick his submarine where it hurts. It 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, so it wouldn’t have gone around corners or around any obstacles. It wouldn’t have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point. Just a PR stunt," Unsworth told CNN recently.
Yeah, so this happened Image: Twitter
Musk was then asked by a Twitter user to respond to Unsworth's statement. And what came next is insane.
In a series of tweets, which he has since then deleted, Musk insists his submarine would have worked and also called Unsworth a 'pedo'.
Well, that escalated faster than a Tesla Roadster.
"Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand at any point when we were in the caves," Musk said on Twitter, about Unsworth.
"You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it," he added.
After facing backlash, the billionaire replied with: "Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true." Of course, that tweet has also been deleted.
So, to sum it up, if Elon Musk ever offers you his submarine, you better ride it to work every day. And then tweet pictures. Or else, you know what's coming.