About 100 people were involved with the rescue efforts.
He said: "The water level is nearly at the same level as for the first two days so we chose to carry out the operation for the last batch".
It's the news the entire world has been waiting more than two weeks to hear. "Four plus one coach, so it's five".
The rest that were rescued on Tuesday are expected to join them. That left four boys and the team's coach trapped inside as the operation was called off for the day. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the chamber where the boys sought refuge were falling. Other divers were on guard along the risky first kilometer of the passageway. In some places, the boys had to be carried under flooded areas, some only as narrow as 0.6 meter wide.
Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time.
Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.
Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside the Thai Navy SEALs. On Friday, a former Thai Navy diver who had volunteered to help with the rescue, Saman Gunan, lost consciousness and died on an oxygen supply mission.
Rescue chief Narongsak on Sunday described their journey out, escorted by the elite divers, as "smooth".
"It could have been my son in there, and then there is the completely extraordinarily dramatic nature of the episode", he said.
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Doctors, though, said they'll have to remain in the hospital for treatment for at least a week, insisting they can watch the big game on TV.
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The boys were still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week for tests, officials said earlier.
Somboon Sompiangjai is the father of one of the 12 boys.
"The prime minister said that this kind of event should never happen again on Thai soil", Narongsak told reporters.
"We have not been told which child has been brought out". We've started giving them "medical food" this morning.
"I'm hoping for good news", he said.
"On behalf of the worldwide football community, I would like to join you in expressing my deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach, as well as my solidarity with the people of Thailand at this time of great concern", Infantino wrote in a FIFA statement.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces said that he was glad to hear that the rescue operations were successful. "Very courageous and talented people!"
Indeed, news of the boys' plight reached all corners of the globe, with Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino having pledged to invite the Wild Boar Academy to the World Cup final if they are deemed well enough to make the trip. George Grow was the editor.