Doctors attending to the eight boys who have been rescued from the cave in two groups of four on Sunday and Monday say they are generally in good health - an incredible result for the boys who have 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.
According to Reuters, witnesses saw four boys carried by medical personnel to waiting ambulances over the course of the rescue operation, undertaken throughout the day.
His announcement, at a news conference more than an hour after helicopters and ambulances were seen rushing from the cave area, drew cheers and applause.
"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said.
At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.
The urgent and unsafe effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.
Narongsak said 13 foreign divers and five Thai navy SEALs took part in the key leg of the rescue: taking the boys from where they have been sheltering and through dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the U.S. Navy: Hooyah.
Eight boys and the coach remained inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave as authorities paused the worldwide effort to replenish air tanks along the treacherous exit route.
Meanwhile, Thailand's weather department said there was a 60 percent chance of rain on Monday with thunderstorms forecast throughout the week.
"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Osotthanakorn said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.
They are then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, the governor said.
At least one more boy has been rescued from Thailand'sTham Luang Cave as the harrowing mission to rescue the stranded children and their soccer coach stretched into its second day. On Sunday, four boys were safely evacuated from the cave.
The search and rescue operation has riveted people both in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe travelling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.
The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.
US Embassy Bangkok spokesman Steve Castonguay said: "The US will remain here to continue to support this operation until all the soccer players and their coach have been rescued". "We believe that we can do even better and it will be a 100 per cent success", he said. "Some of them had gone to rest, some others are preparing for the next operation".
The boys and their coach have been trapped in the cave system in the country's north for about two weeks. He said the mission would resume within "10 to 20 hours". A retired Thai Navy SEAL assisting with the operation died Friday after running out of oxygen, underlining the danger of the rescue.