Elon Musk Fires Back at Thai Rescue Chief Calling Him "Not the Subject Matter Expert"

Elon Musk responded to a BBC tweet quoting the beloved Thai commander referring to Musk's mini-sub as "not practical."
Loukia Papadopoulos
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Elon Musk has never been one to shy back from a fight. The famous CEO is known for his comeback comments that are often launched through Twitter.


Now Musk has taken on the Thai chief commander Narongsak Osatanakorn, the man celebrated for leading the joint command center responsible for the trapped soccer team's rescue operation.

The former governor politely rejected Musk’s offer of help saying his mini-sub was "not practical" for the mission, a move that clearly offended Musk.

In a post released on his Twitter account mere hours after the boys and their coach had been brought to safety, Musk responded to a BBC tweet regarding Osatanakorn's comments on his sub.

The CEO said the governor was "not the subject matter expert" and attributed the mission's success to Dick Stanton, a member of the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team.

According to the BBC, Dick (Richard) Stanton is a retired firefighter from Coventry who was involved in a couple of previous diver rescue missions including one involving six British cavers in Mexico in 2004. In his email to Musk, the expert diver expressed concern for the "smallest lad" and asked the CEO to keep working on his capsule.

The email was dated July 8th, the first day of the now completed Thai Navy Seal mission. Musk did not stop there, however.

The tweets keep coming

In another tweet released approximately half an hour later, Musk added further reasons why SpaceX engineering was "certain" the mini-sub could have helped. He cited a video review and diver inputs as evidence.

One follower asked the CEO if the capsule would have fit through the "15 inch choke point where the kids had to go by themselves without the tank." Musk responded that the sub was designed with that purpose in mind.

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It is too late now to know if Musk's rescue tool could have indeed been "practical." However, the inventive CEO is already looking into future applications for his rejected submarine.

In another tweet responding to a follower, Musk outlined the mini-sub's many qualities. We are certain we will be reading more about this soon.