Thai soldiers stand at the mouth of Tham Luang cave, at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on Monday as the rescue operation continues for a missing children's soccer team and their coach.
His office said the PM "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".
Yesterday, unofficially, we assessed that most are in the green category, " said Chiang Rai provincial Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn. We are now planning how to send nurse and doctor inside the cave to check their health and movement.
The condition of the group was not immediately clear after days underground.
While efforts are to pump out the floodwaters continue, Anupong said it's clear some areas can not be drained and in order to get out, the boys may need to use diving gear while being guided by two professional divers each.
One boy, noticing the camera and hearing unfamiliar words, says in Thai, "Oh, they want to take a picture; tell him we're hungry".
Family members of the missing hugged each other as they cheered the latest news.
Osottanakorn said although the boys were safe, the mission wouldn't be over until they were all safely brought out of the cave.
He said he was grateful to the British, US, Chinese, Australian, Japanese, Lao and Myanmar rescue teams who helped, and even took the lead in some parts of the overall search operation. "Monday. You have been here - 10 days". Divers are expected to bring supplies to the boys onsite as they plot a rescue. After a muffled conversation, the divers tell them: "Monday, Monday".More news: Russia Must Be Proud of Meddling
They were repeatedly blocked by rising water that has filled sections of the cave and forced them to withdraw for safety reasons.
"Supplying them on site may face challenges depending on how hard the dives are", Mirza, coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, said in an email. Falling water levels helped them reach the point again, and there are plans to pump the water out, BBC reported. They went to the same cave two years ago.
Prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked worldwide experts and rescuers who helped the search.
Thailand has been a nation transfixed by the plight of the "Wild Boar" team, with social media lighting up in support of the group and the country's deeply spiritual reflexes stirred into action.
"Thank you so much", says one of the huddled group.
Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said Tuesday that the boys may need to swim out using diving equipment ahead of bad weather forecast for later in the week.
Experts in cave rescues from around the world had gathered at the site.
Australian police and military personnel were deployed Saturday to join other multinational teams, including US military personnel and experts from a British cave exploration club.