All 12 boys and football coach trapped in Thailand cave 'found alive'

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked the worldwide experts and rescuers who helped locate the missing for their "tremendous efforts".

Earlier, Anupong Paojinda told The Bangkok Post: "As rain is forecast in the next few days, the evacuation must speed up".

Rescue teams from the United Kingdom had joined Thai soldiers in hunting for the boys in the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park.

A rescuer, Supat Khamsueb, said on his Facebook wall that he monitored radio conversations between Navy Seal troops and the trapped boys.

He said: "Diving is not easy".

The Thai official overseeing the rescue operation said the boys had been practicing wearing diving masks and breathing. "If something happens midway, it could be life-threatening".

"This requires them do be psychologically able to cope with being underwater. and the dives being not too long or hard", Alan Warild, an expert from the NSW Cave Rescue Squad in Australia, told AFP news agency. That food would last the team until October, which is when the monsoon season officially ends. "But the operation isn't over", he said in comments broadcast nationwide, referring to the complicated process of extricating them.

Seven divers, including a doctor and a nurse, joined the group inside the caves in the north of the country after they were discovered alive on Monday. "Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorised as yellow condition. But no one is in red condition".

The two divers who found the boys are from the United Kingdom. "In these 10 days, how many million seconds have there been?"

"I'm so relieved, though I still don't have the chance to see him".

Volanthen and Stanton, who are members of the British Cave Council, described passageways so narrow they had to squirm through them.

"It's awful for them - they're little - but I believe that boys with a lot of strength are going to manage to be whole when they get out", Reygadas told The Associated Press today. "You have been here 10 days".

Again, the boys need to spend time getting stronger in the depths of the cave before they can attempt to climb up a second entry - if one is found - or be lifted out. The traditional reserve of Thai children toward adults broke slightly after a while, and one boy told another in Thai, "Tell them we are hungry".

"We haven't eaten", a boy says in Thai, then breaks into English: "We have to eat, eat, eat!"

SEAL commander Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew said there was no rush to bring the group out of the cave, since they're safe where they are. "They have not yet reached 'the (Pattaya) beach, '" Narongsak said.

As they wait, the BBC's Howard Johnson reports, more than 2,500 gallons of water per hour are being pumped out of the cave in order to ease the boys' dive out.

"They're mentally stable which is actually pretty good", Reymenants said. The boys, anxious to to leave the cave, asked when they would be going "outside", to which the diver responded, "No, not today".

But a flash flood trapped them inside the complex along with their 25-year-old coach.

He added that two Thai navy doctors have volunteered to stay with them for months, if needed.

However, Thai navy captain Anand Surawan said his team were preparing to "train all 13 to dive while continuing to drain the water", though noted that enough food and supplies would be delivered to the boys to sustain them for four months.

Joining the British are other experts from around the world and teams from the U.S., Australia, China and elsewhere.

He said other efforts will continue, such as draining water from the cave and exploring the mountainside for shafts and other entrances to the caverns below.

  • Rogelio Becker