Elon Musk's submarine offer 'a PR stunt' - Thai cave diver

  • 15/07/2018
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A British diver involved in the Thai cave operation has told billionaire Elon Musk to "stick his submarine where it hurts" after he offered it up to rescuers earlier this week.

The Tesla founder announced during the rescue efforts that he had created a mini-submarine that would be capable of rescuing the trapped Wild Boars football team.

The submarine was dropped off by the tech entrepreneur himself, but was never used.

Rescuer Vern Unsworth claims that the submarine would never have worked, and would've preferred him to just keep it for himself.

In an interview with CNN, Mr Unsworth says it was "nothing more than a PR stunt".

"He can stick his submarine where it hurts," he began. "It just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like.

"The submarine, I believe, was about 5ft-6in-long [and] rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles. "It wouldn't have made the first 50 metres into the cave from the dive start point. Just a PR stunt."

Musk has hit back, saying the submarine was a genuine attempt to help, and that he was shaken by people's opinions.

He also released email correspondence with one of the dive team to confirm his efforts were wanted.