The first two operations, carried out on Sunday and Monday, involved four boys being rescued at a time, with two divers assisting each of them.
Ahead of Tuesday’s operation, rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told media, “for safety, the best number is four”. This was taken to mean that the last four boys would be safely rescued from the cave, leaving behind their coach to wait another day.
Later on Tuesday, however, there were cheers at a press conference when Osottanakorn delivered the information that the divers were now planning to bring back the four boys as well as their coach.
Key points: operation started 10.08am, involving 19 divers and they’re bringing out last four boys and their coach #ThamLuangRescue
— michael safi (@safimichael) July 10, 2018