All four boys brought out of the cave on Monday were taken by ambulance to a waiting helicopter which ferried them to hospital.
"When we heard the boys were found and began to see the visual imagery on TV of the water conditions and what it looked like in the cave, and I saw these hoses with water pouring out of them, I thought, 'We need to get somebody there to be sure they're getting maximum water out of these pumps, '" Decker said in an interview in Singapore.
Four of the boys were rescued yesterday, but nine remain underground including their 25-year-old fooitball coach, Ekkapol Chantawong. Pairs of divers shepherded the boys on the long and painstaking journey out of the cave, navigating muddy and silty water through tight passages.
Interior Minister Anupong Paojina said the same divers who participated in Sunday's rescue conducted the operation Monday because they are familiar with the cave conditions. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the U.S. Navy: Hooyah.
Four more boys and their coach remain trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.
At least nine ambulances loaded with stretchers and blue oxygen tanks waited in the cave area on Monday.
Thai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn described the first rescue as "our masterpiece work" and claimed the four rescued boys were in "perfect" health - despite earlier reports that one was being "closely monitored".
"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Narongsak said referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chilli and basil and served over rice. "From what I've seen in the clip, they did look skinny", he said.
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The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. A massive worldwide search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.
The world continues to watch and hold its breath as one-by-one the members of a Thai soccer team are brought out of the cave they've been trapped in for over two weeks.
The names of the rescued boys were not released. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount. "We believe that we can do even better and it will be a 100 per cent success", he said.
"The trust factor between the children and diver makes it", said Mizra.
The 12 young footballers and their coach became trapped in the Thiam Luang cave two weeks ago due to rising water after they entered the cave made it impossible for them to escape.
"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand. A former Thai navy SEAL passed out and died making the dive Friday.
The daring and unsafe bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - was suspended by the mission chief late on Sunday to replenish oxygen supplies and make new preparations, which he said would take at least 10 hours.
The boys brought out of the dark, winding cave on Monday are "safe and conscious", he told the media.