A British diver who assisted in the rescue operation to free 12 young football players and their coach form flooded caves in Thailand last week has said he is considering legal action against Elon Musk. But to understand why Musk said it, you need to watch Unsworth's news interview in which he called Musk's offers to help rescue the boys "a PR stunt".

Whether it's investors betting against his stock or reporters or analysts who ask tough questions, Elon Musk has fought back, often around the clock on Twitter.

When asked whether he would consider pursuing legal action against the Tesla (TSLA) CEO, Unsworth reportedly said: "Yes, it's not finished". "And so essentially if you attack me, it is therefore OK for me to attack back", Musk said. Musk's submarine was never used.

Mr Chowdhry said that like other important innovators, Mr Musk has zero tolerance for any distractions from his goals, even if he lacks the public relations skills of most CEOs, and that within five to 10 years, Tesla's innovations will be more appreciated.

Representatives for Tesla and Musk's office did not respond to requests for comment.

He added the comments about him were an assault on the whole rescue team.

Tesla recently met a weekly manufacturing target for its electric sedan, the Model 3, after months of delays and a series of disasters Musk called "production hell".

Musk's tweets have since been deleted. "The submarine, I believe, was about 5 feet 6 inches [1.7m] long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles".

Mr Kay said Mr Musk appeared to be following in the footsteps of US President Donald Trump in using Twitter to vent frustration and insult anyone with whom he disagrees.

Last week, before the boys were successfully retrieved, Thai official Narongsak Osotthanakorn, who was in charge of the rescue mission's command center, said that Musk's miniature submarine was "not practical with our mission" though he thought the submarine was "technologically sophisticated". Musk told his followers on Twitter that he was talking to cave experts about a "tiny, kid-size submarine" that he had created that "might be safe enough to try".

Musk followed up his tweet with another saying "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

"I'm not going to make any further comment about him", Unsworth continued.

"He had no conception of what the cave massage was like", said Unsworth, whose intimate knowledge of the cave was reportedly pivotal to the successful rescue effort.

What's weird about Musk's tweet is that it came on July 15, a full five days after the boys were rescued.

Robert Drechsel, who taught media law at the University of Wisconsin, said if he were Tesla's attorney, he would advise the CEO to stop tweeting.

He said he felt sorry that the squabble with Musk had detracted from the successful end to the rescue mission.

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