Thai Cave Rescue Hero: Elon Musk Can "Stick His Submarine Where It Hurts"

Vern Unsworth was one of the rescuers that helped pull off the miraculous rescue of 12 children and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand after it flooded. The rescue has been passed around international media for the last couple of days as a fantastic “feel good“ story that everybody could get behind.

The only person that didn’t seem to get behind the rescue after it was completed was Elon Musk, whose proposed kid size submarine that he shipped to Thailand to help with the rescue was ultimately not used. We reported days ago that Musk instead lashed out at the commander of the rescue operation after he didn't use Musk's idea.

Today, stunning statements are being made by one of the individuals involved with the rescue who was interviewed by CNN International. CNN International’s Facebook page posted this interview in which Unsworth said that Elon Musk can stick his submarine - that had "absolutely no chance of working" "where it hurts".

He then went on to state what many of us had already been thinking – that the kid size submarine idea was simply just a public relations stunt.

In the full video interview, he also goes on to state that Elon didn’t have any idea as to what the caves would be like. He says he had "no conception of what the caves would be like". When the interviewer notes that Elon was there in the Cave area at the time of the rescue, Vern noted that he was then asked to leave very quickly.

Full interview below:

We reported about Musk lashing out at the rescue commander just days ago after he publicly questioned the authority and expertise of one of the key individuals responsible for successfully navigating the rescue of 12 boys and one soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. 

As the rescue effort took place over the course of several days and finally, when on Tuesday it was reported that all 12 children and the coach were in fact safe, Musk's "escape pod" wasn’t deployed or used in any fashion.

And instead of assuming that "all’s well that ends well" and being happy for the individuals who were rescued, Musk took it upon himself on Tuesday to actually question the authority of one of the joint commanders of the operation.

The Guardian picked up the story on Tuesday and wrote:

Elon Musk has questioned the expertise of Thai rescue officials who turned down his offer of a submarine, despite their having organised the successful rescue of all 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave.

The entrepreneur had offered his help and posted footage of tests being carried out on the apparatus he proposed in recent days.

But while Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre co-ordinating the operation, acknowledged Musk’s offer he said that the mini submarine would not have been practical for the cave rescue.

“Even though their equipment is technologically sophisticated, it doesn’t fit with our mission to go in the cave,” Osatanakorn told reporters.

In response, Musk said Osatanakorn was “not the subject matter expert”, adding that he believed he had been “inaccurately described as rescue chief”, and should be more accurately referred to as the “former Thai provincial governor”.


Linus2011 grunk Fri, 07/13/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

Musk - another typical american hypocrisy hero. not everyone outside cali is as stoopid as you think. get f***ing lost they say.

if you are really someone and have some dignity and money earned by yourself - go save your fellow countrymen in south africa. they would actually need it. oh i forgot - unfortunately not a profitable and politically opportune racket.

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Laowei Gweilo Tarzan Sat, 07/14/2018 - 01:43 Permalink

in Elon Musk defense, I do genuinely think some of his intention comes from a place of good. i believe that deep down he actually thinks and believes he's actually out of a place of good, charity, and kindness.

and, therein that lack of awareness, lies the aspergers and histrionic narcissism 


and like most histrionic narcissists that have aspergers,  he is wholly oblivious how misguided his actions are.


like that final quote from Social Network about another aspergers-narcissist:

'you're not an asshole, Musk -- you're just trying so hard to be'

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Jeffersonian Liberal Vatican_cameo Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:33 Permalink

"In response, Musk said Osatanakorn was “not the subject matter expert” "

Spoken in the pure Corporatese of the Corporate sweatshops, where every incompetent jackass that cannot get along well with others is promoted to managerial status if they are part of a 'victim group,' where the expertise of the truly intelligent and experienced is watered down with the collective 'collaboration' that allows the worst ideas to take hold and add layer upon layer of inefficiency and deficiency in carrying out the goal.

It would be so nice to be able to speak to idiot "SME's" and affirmative-action managers as this true hero has spoken of Musk, the fascist (head of a corporation colluding with government to establish a monopoly).

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Truth_Hoits chumbawamba Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:57 Permalink

Seriously, Cumbagwannabe...STFU and focus on fixing your pathetic existence.

Your advice is ridiculous, as always.

There is nothing to fix at Tesla. It's broken beyond repair. The concept of the electric car is laughable for at least another decade, maybe two.

The business model of Tesla is not sustainable... Whilst they fuck the tax payer so rich soy boys can pretend that they are helping the environment.

Musk is driven by ego. 

Ego and pride... How not enlightened can you get, you pathetic excuse for a man. Musk, too.



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beemasters JuliaS Fri, 07/13/2018 - 19:34 Permalink

Another Elon Musk/Tesla article??? Unbelievable! We get the message, Tyler: short Tesla, don't buy their cars. Elon Musk is a used-car salesman. The tremendous volume of negative articles on Tesla (echoing Bloomberg) is becoming highly suspicious. Are oil companies really behind these recent attacks?

PS. This is not even worthy news.

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Jeffersonian Liberal beemasters Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:41 Permalink

BM --

Read one level deeper and you'll find this isn't singly about Musk and/or his Tesla fiasco.

This article pertains on a deeper level to the corporate mentality and how that fascist approach to a business model (colluding with government) ultimately harms 'the people' by making them pay for it through taxes and ultimately limits their civil liberties by allowing the government to legislate through government-sanctioned monopolies and reducing the freedom of choice.

Corporatism (Mussolini's system of fascism) needs to die a quick and painful death.

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Enrabard Versengetorix Sat, 07/14/2018 - 13:46 Permalink

No, He is European-African-American or precisely African-Asian-European-African-American ROTFL How many African-Americans you know who actually were born in Africa or don't look like a black skinned man? Do you call all non-african Americans European-Americans or Asian-Americans. Whole idea of dividing people on basis of contrinent they come from when it's not homogenic like Australia is just funny and dumb. Skin colour divisions even if not perfect were more accurate while serve the same goal, national ethnic were even better - just global multikulti f&^%d it up. You take it even more opaque than it was designed as...

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OverTheHedge Global Douche Sat, 07/14/2018 - 01:55 Permalink

Cave divers are a breed apart. Certifiably insane. When they started the "sport", the chance of a fatality was something like 50% for each dive, and yet they kept doing it. Lunatics. It is still probably the most dangerous thing you can do for fun. 

I don't think Elon has ever been in a cave, and so he probably believe the water is nice and clear, and there is lots of room to pilot his fantastic journey submarine, when the truth is it was probably more like trying to perform gynaecology in treacle whilst wearing a gimp mask and blindfold.


A bit like this:

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ChaoKrungThep grunk Fri, 07/13/2018 - 23:26 Permalink

Musk just didn't get it. He "tested" his sub in a swimming pool - smooth, clear and friendly. The cave was more a 2 mile horror ride - muddy flood waters, currents, zero visibility, jagged rocks, 15 inch openings in crevices. Almost impossible, according to expert cave divers. But what do they know? Rocket man knows all. He should crawl back under his rock.

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