Provincial Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters early Tuesday that all 13 of them had undergone health assessments and were found to be in good condition on a scale of "red, yellow and green". They would be provided with four months of food, and there are plans to teach the trapped boys how to scuba dive.
"They were diving upstream in the system, so they were having to swim against the current or pull themselves along the walls", he told the BBC.
While news of their survival let family members breathe a sigh of relief, celebrations were cut short as rescuers realized extracting the team from the cave would prove more hard than originally imagined.
"I want to hug my son... usually our family sleep in the same bed together".
The team and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chaing Rai on June 23 when flooding brought on by monsoonal rain blocked their exit out of the complex network of caves with continued downpours hampering rescue efforts. The Aussies join British divers, United States military, and Chinese rescue experts. They are clad in the uniforms they apparently were wearing on the morning they disappeared in the cave.
Rescuers at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave network on Monday. After a break in the weather in recent days, the Thai Meteorological Department forecast for Chiang Rai calls for light rain through Friday followed by heavy rain starting Saturday and continuing through July 10.
The boys are seen by torchlight sitting on a ledge above water, responding to the divers that all 13 were there and that they were very hungry. "I would imagine they are going to take some time to train these kids", he added.
"We haven't eaten", a boy said in Thai, then in English: "We have to eat, eat, eat!"
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Anmar Mirza, a leading American cave rescue expert, said many challenges remain for the rescuers. A doctor, a nurse, and Navy SEALs are now keeping them company.
Cave rescue experts have said it could be safer to simply supply them where they are for now, rather than attempting to have the boys dive out. Mirza said that "trying to take non-divers through cave is one of the most risky situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy".
"Rick and John have now stepped back from operational diving whilst the Thai Navy SEALs continue to conduct work in the cave, making multiple trips to the boys to drop off supplies and look after them whilst they plan the extraction", he said.
The Prime Minister's Office says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha "wishes to thank the tremendous efforts of all worldwide units that have come to assist the Thai authorities in rescuing the youth football team that was stuck in the caves in Chiang Rai".
This may possibly force authorities to have them swim out through a narrow, underwater passage in the cavern, a top official says.
The group forged ahead about 2 miles into the cave before finding the raised, dry chamber where they were found after a massive 10-day search by rescuers. They were mostly in stable condition and have received high-protein drinks. Kamolroj Ekwattanakij, a communication officer with the Thai Navy Seal, told CNN that divers also brought the weakened boys food, mainly grilled pork, sticky rice and milk. The divers were aiming for a sandy chamber on higher ground in the cave.
Attempts to pump the water levels lower have so far not been successful.
While efforts to pump out the floodwaters would continue, Anupong said it's clear some areas of the sprawling cave can not be drained and that in order to get out, the boys may need to use diving gear while being guided by two professional divers each. Backhoes and drilling equipment were sent to the mountain, but creating a shaft large enough to extract the boys would be extremely complicated and could take a long time.