Meet the heroic Navy SEALs from the Thailand cave rescue

In an operation that gripped the entire world, all 12 boys and their football coach have been successfully rescued from a cave in Thailand after being trapped for more than two weeks.

Even as a massive operation is underway to rescue the remaining members of the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, a diver involved with the mission highlighted the risks involved in carrying out the rescue.

"If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast", the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak told reporters.

"The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe", the SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.

He said the group can eat, move about, and talk.

"I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday", Narongsak said.

On Twitter and Instagram, well-wishers sent messages of support, advice and sketches of the boys in the cave using hashtags such as #Thaicaverescue #boarteam #Thainavyseals #PrayForThaiBoys and #Bringtheboarteambackhome.

FBN's Cheryl Casone on the rescue of a soccer team and their coach from a cave in Thailand.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

He shared images and video as four members of the soccer team, as well as their coach, were still trapped inside. The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days were doing well and were in good spirits, a senior health official said.

1 NEWS' Correspondent Kimberlee Downs has the latest from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Doctors expect the boys to be in the hospital for about seven days, although they could be out sooner if their bloodwork comes back negative for abnormalities. After a long and risky rescue effort, the last members of the group were brought to safety today (July 10).

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who visited the rescued boys on Monday night, confirmed yesterday that the stranded footballers were given medication to prevent anxiety and panic - identified as a key danger - while being evacuated.

"I just want to give him a hug and say I missed you", she said.

"MISSION IMPOSSIBLE" was the term used to describe the complicated rescue operation at the flooded Tham Luang Cave.

Hours after the rescue was confirmed, President Trump tweeted his congratulations, adding, "Such a handsome moment - all freed, great job!" "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".

Onlookers cheered, "Hooyah moo pa!" - a reference to the name of the boys' soccer team, Moo Pa, or Wild Boars.

Vanessa Coleman

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