The 12 boys, who are between the ages of 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, are members of the Wild Boars soccer team. It was an incredible result considering that the boys spent nine days incommunicado, without food, until they were found, and then waited days more before embarking on an hours-long dive that even the most skilled cave divers have described as among the most unsafe they have attempted. British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex, on Monday last week.
Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand have suspended operations for the day after bringing four more boys out of the flooded cave system on Monday.
There was a global outpouring of relief after it was announced that all 12 of the boys and their coach had been rescued. One Thai navy diver died last Friday while supporting the mission. Another two more boys left the cave complex a short time later followed by the fourth boy.
Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues.
According to Reuters, the children - they have low body temperatures and two have lung infections -will remain quarantined in a hospital for the next week to undergo testing.
Former Chiang Rai provincial governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who has been managing the rescue efforts, told a rowdy crowd in the city that the success of the mission was attributable to "the power of love".
"At this moment (there are) no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe", Jesada said.
Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued were now able to eat normal food, though they couldn't yet take the spicy dishes favored by many Thais.
There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.
They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said. So far, their families have seen them through a glass barrier. Six of the 12 boys on the soccer team attend her school.
Global rescuers team prepare to enter the cave where the young team and their coach were trapped by flood waters. When the first four were rescued, one of the first things they asked was how the tournament was going. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts.
"MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" was the term used to describe the complicated rescue operation at the flooded Tham Luang Cave. "We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season". Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.
They had to guide their charges through passages as narrow as a couple of feet, weighed down by bulky equipment.
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