Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand

Provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn at a news conference

Modal Trigger Provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn who heads the rescue operation at a news conference in Chiang Rai Thailand. Getty Images

"Twelve wild boars and coach are out of the cave".

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS has been guiding the boys out through almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels.

Officials said all eight of the boys were healthy, though two of the four brought out Monday did have swollen lungs.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this global operation led by the Thai government". "This was a mission impossible that we have accomplished".

"On behalf of the operation unit, we want to send our condolences to him and I do have to thank him a lot", Thai mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a news conference Wednesday.

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"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Mr Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice. "We love each other. But when I saw that he was alive and breathing, it felt very good".

The small submarine, which can hold one teen at a time, is carried and escorted by scuba divers under the pool. Four more were extracted Monday.

The father of Richard Harris, a key member of the team of worldwide experts involved in the dramatic rescue mission, died soon after all the boys were freed. July 8, rescue workers began evacuating. "We were so scared and anxious".

Harris played a pivotal role in the rescue effort, positioned on the muddy bank in the cave with the boys and their coach, assessing their fitness for the perilous journey back to the outside.

"I'm proud that so many people came together", said Wimon Phacharoen, a volunteer with the Red Cross Society. "I can not understand how cool these small kids are". "Who the hell would give that to a kid?" he told the Bangkok Post.

Chanthawong has reportedly taught meditation to the boys to keep them calm in the cave, and is suffering from malnutrition because he gave his food rations to the young players.

CNN was told the boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains.

The rescue mission began at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The first four were rescued on the first day of the operation on Sunday.

The eight boys that have been rescued so far are weak but in good health, Kimberlee says.

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers. We wish them a speedy recovery.

For now the boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass. Officials said the first mission lasted about 11 hours, while the second mission was two hours faster.

Reuters reports that soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.

He was tasked with giving the medical all-clear for each evacuation, and decided what order the boys would leave the cave in.

"Just returned from Cave 3".

Eight boys have now been rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand after a youth soccer team intending to write their names on the wall of the tourist attraction was driven miles into the labyrinth by sudden monsoon rains that seasonally close and flood the caverns. "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future".

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