The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the cave complex by a team of worldwide expert divers flanked by Thai Navy Seals over two days in a meticulously planned operation.
Rescue leader Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a sudden press conference on Tuesday that the mission began at 10.08 a.m. local time and that everyone in the cave is expected to be rescued today.
Also emerging from the cave: a doctor who has treated the 13 stranded people after they were found last Monday, and several Thai navy SEAL divers who helped to carry out the complicated and precarious rescue operation.
The first eight boys rescued are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia.
Eight boys had been taken out in the past two days - four on Sunday and another four on Monday.
And, Foisey said, the boys do have one thing going for them: "I'm sure these kids were very determined to get home".
"Any way we can help involve them in their own rescue is beneficial", he said.
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Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jedsada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds Tuesday.
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Still, health officials were wary of possible infections "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".
They have been rushing to extract the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in the province.
On Sunday, divers held the first four boys close to bring them out, and each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.
An emergency team believed to be carrying one of the rescued boys from the flooded cave heads to the hospital in Chiang Rai in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. Four additional boys, along with their 25-year-old soccer coach, remain in the cave and await the next round of rescues, CNN reported.
Authorities had closely guarded the details of the boys' condition, who will be monitored in hospital for a week.
Narongsak said that the "same multinational team" that went into the cave on Sunday to retrieve the first four boys was deployed on Monday.
He posted photos of the cave interior and a video showing people working their way through chest-high water.
"I hope that in some way our words of support may help bring them a little peace and courage in these hard moments of uncertainty and concern".