a / the rescue operation

Leafka

Senior Member
Polish
Hi,

I'm writing about events that followed an accident at a mine:

The mining operations were suspended and a / the rescue operation was initiated.

I'm not sure which article to use; both seem OK to me, are both correct here? I'm mentioning the rescue operation for the first time.
 
  • BLUEGLAZE

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    I would use the indefinite article 'A'. It has not been established yet that it was 'THE' rescue operation that was successful.
     
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