It was 10 days before the boys were miraculously located, and the remaining five have been in the cave for eight days.
Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, adding that the boys were being kept away from their parents due to fear of infection. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".
The boys brought out of the dark, winding cave on Monday are "safe and conscious", said Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue effort. A British diving team reached the 12 boys and their coach after nine days.
Authorities have said the boys are being held close to divers and wear oxygen masks to enable normal breathing.
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While the boys are in good health, two may have mild lung infection.
Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jesada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds on Tuesday.
On Sunday, four boys were safely evacuated from the cave.
Three ambulances along with cars, hummers and soldiers have been seen entering the cave site where rescuers have been carrying out a high-stakes operation to bring out trapped members of a youth soccer team.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of Monday's operation, Mr Narongsak touched on concerns after monsoon rains lashed the region for several hours the night before.
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After day two of the rescue operation, Thai navy officials said four more boys had been led to safety on Monday after the first four were rescued on Sunday. It could take two to four days complete the mission, officials said.
Less than an hour after the helicopter took off, Thai public television aired live video of a medivac helicopter landing close to a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the cave. This seems less likely now given the need for the boys to undergo further tests.
- Divers and rescue workers in Thailand have begun what could be the final push to free four boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a cave in the country's remote north, according to a Thai Navy official with knowledge of the operational details.
The emergence of the second batch of four boys on Monday evening was greeted with a simple "Hooyah" by the SEAL team on their Facebook page, an exclamation that lit up Thai social media, while positive medical reports on the rescued group further fuelled the sense of joy.
Musk on Sunday tweeted that he was sending a "kid-size submarine" to the rescuers in the hopes that it would be "useful". It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team. Since then, two more boys have been confirmed rescued by the Guardian's Asia Correspondent Michael Safi.
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