Thai football team found alive in cave after nine days

Soldiers hold an evacuation drill on Saturday near the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province

Tim Newton, a journalist based in Phuket, told CNN it will take time to get the boys out of the cave.

The boys survival was greeted with jubilation nationwide by Thais who have followed every twist of the harrowing story. In the video, the boys can be seen huddled on a small ledge above the water.

"I hope all the spirits that we can not see please help us by releasing the 13 people who are our friends and our brothers", teacher Takkapong Thammarangsi said as he led the prayers.

The boys and their coach are "located in a relatively small space and this would make any potential drilling attempt as a means of rescue very hard", the British Cave Rescue Council told the AP. "You have been here - 10 days". "You are very strong".

"Thank you", one of the boys says. CBC's Briar Stewart reports.

When one of the boys asks if they could leave the cave, the rescuers replied that they could not yet, but that many people were coming for them.

"We categorized their health condition as red, yellow or green, red being the most severe injuries, yellow being mild and green being light".

Attempts to pump the water levels lower have so far not been successful.

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.

It's been revealed that two British divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, were the first to reach the trapped team.

Family members of the 12 boys and their soccer coach react Tuesday after the boys were found alive.

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One of the boys is heard to say: "Eat, eat, eat, tell them we are hungry".

The soccer players, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared when flooding trapped them after entering the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai on June 23.

Osottanakorn said the rescuers had managed to reach Pattaya Beach and found that it was also flooded.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn confirmed the group been found but warned they were not yet out of danger and must be strengthened for the arduous job of getting back out again.

When news came through that the boys had been found, relatives waiting at a nearby shelter were seen cheering, smiling and receiving calls. Rescuers shook hands and congratulated each other as occasional cheers broke out. None of them know how to swim, he said.

"They should be okay without food for eight days", said Dr Somsak Akkasilp, the director-general of the Medical Services Department. He said the diving teams included doctors.

The divers brought 200 bottles of oxygen to the cave and left them every 25 meters along the tunnel walls so swimmers navigating the muddy pools with nearly no visibility could stay under for longer. The good news is that none of the boys are seriously injured.

We know all of the group are "safe" with "signs of life" but now the massive worldwide rescue effort has turned its attention to the next challenge - getting the group out of the cave.

A rescuer makes his way down at the entrance of the cave complex.

The "Wild Boar" footballers and their coach went missing after a practice and were said to have two to three days of food with them.

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