Elon Musk's mini-submarine not practical for this mission: Thai Rescue Spokesperson

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Elon Musk has hit back at the man who oversaw the successful rescue of a Thai soccer team from a flooded cave after he rejected the billionaire's offer of a miniature submarine as 'not practical for the mission'. Musk tweeted that 'former provincial governor' Narongsak Osottanakorn had been wrongly described as the 'rescue chief', adding that Osottanakorn - the man who rejected his sub - is no expert in cave rescue.

The actual expert, according to Musk, is a man by the name of Richard Stanton who encouraged him to build the submarine, saying it 'may well be used'. Musk tweeted a conversation between himself and Stanton in which Stanton encourages him to keep working. According to Musk's transcript, Stanton told him that dive teams are 'worried about the smallest lad' before encouraging him to 'keep working on the capsule'.

Musk assures Stanton that he will, adding that his team are designing the capsule so the occupant can survive even with two failures occur, just as he does with his spacecraft.

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