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He Participated in a Famous Rescue. It Killed Him

Thai Navy Seal participated in the 2018 operation at Tham Luang cave

(Newser) - A Thai Navy Seal who helped in the high-profile rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a cave in Thailand in 2018 has died—and it was his participation in the 17-day operation that killed him. The BBC reports Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara contracted an infection while... More »

Musk Wins Defamation Suit From Cave Explorer

Tesla CEO said 'pedo guy' tweet didn't really mean 'pedophile'

(Newser) - Elon Musk did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him "pedo guy" in an angry tweet, a Los Angeles jury found Friday. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had... More »

Musk: Here's Why I Called Diver 'Pedo Guy'

Tesla CEO says Vernon Unsworth insulted him first

(Newser) - Elon Musk took the stand Tuesday in the defamation trial against him , and explained why he infamously called a British diver "pedo guy." Vernon Unsworth, who helped in last year's dramatic Thailand cave rescue, had mocked the Tesla CEO's idea to build a mini-submarine to get... More »

Judge Rejects Musk's Request to Throw Out 'Pedo Guy' Case

Tesla CEO will face defamation trial in December

(Newser) - A judge has rejected Elon Musk's request to throw out a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave diver Musk called "pedo guy" after he called the Tesla CEO's offer to use a mini-sub to help rescue 12 trapped boys and their soccer coach in Thailand a... More »

Elon Musk Has New Defense in 'Pedo Guy' Lawsuit

Tells court he didn't mean it literally

(Newser) - Elon Musk branded a British cave rescuer "pedo guy," and now he's employing a new defense to get the resulting lawsuit dismissed. Musk says he didn't mean the slam against Vernon Unsworth literally. "I did not intend to convey any facts or imply that Mr.... More »

Rescued Team Marks Anniversary with Marathon

Event raises money for improvements at cave

(Newser) - Members of the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a flooded cave ran a marathon Sunday to celebrate their rescue one year ago. About 4,000 people participated in the run and bike event in the town of Mae Sai, per Sky News. The boys, who were 11 to... More »

Court Wants Musk to Explain Calling Rescuer a Pedophile

Judge orders trial in diver's defamation suit

(Newser) - A tweet calling a British rescuer a "pedo" has earned Elon Musk a day in court. A federal judge has ordered a trial in the lawsuit filed by a diver involved in saving 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand last July. Vern Unsworth helped recruit fellow British... More »

Cave Rescue Expert Rescued From Cave

Josh Bratchley helped save Thai boys last year

(Newser) - Josh Bratchley, a member of the team of divers that helped save 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year, is very good at rescuing people from caves. Luckily for him, he is also very good at being rescued from caves. Bratchley was rescued... More »

Cave Diver Sues Elon Musk for 'Pedo' Claim After Thai Rescue

Vern Unsworth previously signaled his intent to file suit

(Newser) - A British diver who criticized Elon Musk's attempted contribution to the sensational cave rescue of a Thai boy's soccer team has filed suit against the billionaire for calling him a pedophile. Vern Unsworth, who helped save a dozen boys and their coach in July, filed suit against Musk... More »

Elon Musk: Thailand Diver Is a 'Child Rapist'

He doubles down on Vernon Unsworth accusations

(Newser) - Elon Musk has doubled down on his apparently baseless claims that Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver who helped rescue a trapped youth soccer team in Thailand, is a pedophile. In an angry email to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac, the Tesla CEO called the 63-year-old Unsworth a "child rapist"... More »

Elon Musk Suggests Man He Called 'Pedo' Really Is One

He questions why Vernon Unsworth hasn't sued him

(Newser) - Elon Musk's company is staying public , and so are his thoughts. The head of Tesla took to Twitter on Tuesday night to return to a subject that has caused him grief in the past: the British cave diver whom he called "pedo guy." Vernon Unsworth, who helped... More »

Cave Boys Tried to Dig Their Way Out

'We didn't realize how far the water could rise'

(Newser) - Before help finally arrived, the 12 boys and soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Thailand tried to dig their way out. Speaking publicly for the first time at a press conference in Chiang Rai shortly after leaving a hospital Wednesday, the team described moving backward through the... More »

Elon Musk's 'Pedo' Insult Might Get Him Sued

'It's not finished,' says rescuer who was target of CEO's slam

(Newser) - A nasty coda to the Thailand cave rescue might not be going away anytime soon. A British diver instrumental in the rescue is now threatening to sue Elon Musk after the entrepreneur called him "pedo guy" on Twitter. "Yes, yes, it's not finished," 63-year-old Vern Unsworth... More »

Elon Musk Calls Key Player in Thai Cave Rescue a 'Pedo'

The billionaire reportedly went on Twitter rant against British diver Vernon Unsworth

(Newser) - Elon Musk reportedly went on a Twitter rant Sunday against a key player in the recent rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand. According to Vox.com , the billionaire investor called British cave diver Vernon Unsworth "pedo guy" as part of a series... More »

Father of Diving Doctor Who Helped Boys Dies After Mission

'This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family'

(Newser) - Shortly after the joy of all 12 boys and their coach being rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand, personal tragedy struck the Australian doctor who helped the boys when his father died. Dr. Richard Harris was on holiday in Thailand when the boys got trapped in the cave and... More »

In Thailand, a Tearful Reunion Through Glass

'Everybody started to cry,' says father of rescued boy

(Newser) - "It's like a rebirth." That's how a father is viewing his 11-year-old son's rescue as part of a soccer team pulled by divers from a flooded cave in Thailand. "Everybody started to cry," he adds of the moment Wednesday when family members were... More »

First, the Cave Rescue. Now Comes the Movie

US producers are already at the site in Thailand

(Newser) - If you found yourself thinking that the daring rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave would make a terrific movie, the sentiment might be closer to reality than you think. Two US producers already are at the site, reports news.com.au . “I see... More »

Thai Boys, Coach Are All Out of the Cave

Thai Navy SEALs confirm the rescue is complete

(Newser) - With the "rain god" apparently on the side of Thai rescuers, the nation's most infamous flooded cave is now empty after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world, reports Reuters . "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," Thai... More »

Thai Cave Rescuers Pull Out 4 More Boys

Divers have ended operations for the day; 4 boys and their coach remain

(Newser) - Four more boys were rescued from a cave system in Thailand on Monday, leaving four more boys and their soccer coach still stranded deep in the system as rescue operations suspended for the day, reports Reuters . Ambulances were seen leaving the scene. The development comes a day after four other... More »

At Least 4 Boys Emerge From Cave; Rescue Put on Pause

'Air tanks must be put back in place'

(Newser) - "There is no other day that we are more ready than today," rescue director Narongsak Osottanakorn said, in announcing that 18 divers had gone in to rescue the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave since late June . "Otherwise we will lose the opportunity." Now, the... More »

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