Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling Vernon Unsworth, a British caver who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from a cave, a “pedo”.

His spat with Unsworth began after the British caving expert dismissed Musk’s plan to rescue the Thai football team from the Tham Luang cave as a “PR stunt”.

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According to reports, the comment had drawn widespread outrage and briefly sent shares in Tesla tumbling.

Musk issued the apology on Wednesday to Unsworth, who had ridiculed Musk’s plan to recover the trapped group using a miniature submarine.

“His actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

Musk added that his words against Unsworth had been “spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub”.