His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces said that he was glad to hear that the rescue operations were successful.
British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.
TRANQUILLIZERS AND QUARANTINE Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who visited the cave on Monday, said the boys had been given tranquillizers to stop them getting stressed on the way out of the cave, but he dismissed any suggestion they had been "sedated". Four boys were retrieved one at a time through the cave by two divers. Now, two boys along with their football coach remain in the caves.
Officials are hoping that the final phase of the rescue can be completed in four or five hours, Narongsak said, according to Thai Public Broadcasting. One diver, a retired Thai Navy SEAL named Saman Kunan, died in the rescue effort last week. Tuesday's operation began just after 10am. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".
Now that it is out of the cave, the Thai soccer team may be heading onto the big screen.
The boys and their coach have now all been taken to hospital after the three-day evacuation that was a battle against heavy, predicted rain.
Thailand cave rescue: how did the boys get out?
"They (all the boys) will have to stay in the hospital for one week to wait for their results and to see if anything changes", he said.
The divers and medic, whose names were not immediately released, were all healthy after making the arduous journey out of the underground maze from the chamber almost 3 miles deep where they helped the once wayward group and kept them calm as plans to extract them were being hatched, officials said.
As the 12 soccer players and their coach emerged from a Thailand cave after a more than two-week ordeal, there is already a movie in the works.
Rescuers are expected to rest for potentially more than 20 hours until they go back inside the Tham Luang cave on Wednesday to rescue the remaining four boys and their coach.
Scott, who lives in Thailand for part of the year, has been assisting in rescue efforts at Chiang Rai for the past four days. Six of the 12 boys on the soccer team attend her school. The team became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water confined them deep inside the cave.
He also shared video on Instagram, showing people wearing headlamps wading through water and guided by ropes.
Over the weekend, Musk tweeted footage of his team testing the mini-submarine in a pool at a Los Angeles high school. Musk had proposed possible technological solutions for extracting the boys while they were trapped and travelled to Thailand this week.