They were accompanied by four experts who have been by their side more or less constantly since they were found early last week. Nineteen divers assisted in the operation on Tuesday.
The boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains. After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but with heavy rain forecast to hit the region authorities decided to act.
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