Four boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach remain deep in the cave, an ordeal that has lasted more than two weeks after they trapped inside by floods.
The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said earlier the final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out, along with three Navy Seals who have been accompanying them. They successfully extracted the second group of four a full two hours faster than the first, officials said.
"I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday", Narongsak said.
Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who, in pairs of two, executed the risky rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.
They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.
The eight boys undergoing treatment at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital were in general good health, both physically and mentally, he said.
Narongsak said two of the boys evacuated on Sunday emerged with lung infections, but their condition was improving with doses of antibiotics.
While the family members of the boys will be allowed to visit them in hospital, no physical contact will be possible until after doctors have blood test results back from the boys.
The four boys rescued Sunday can eat normal food and walk around, and the four pulled out Monday were eating soft food. It could be at least seven days before they can be released from the hospital, Jedsada told a news conference.Читайте также: New Yorkers react to Kavanaugh pick
The eight rescued boys are healthy are in 'high spirits.' They are under constant medical supervision to eliminate any risk of infection.
US President Donald Trump tweeted: "On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand".
President Trump tweeted his congratulations, describing the emergence of the last four boys and their coach as "such a handsome moment".
"The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity", Jesada said when asked why they survived so long.
The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete.
Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday.
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On Wednesday, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked people involved in the rescue.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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