They were lost for nine days before British rescue divers discovered them on July 2, sitting on a ledge in a half-flooded chamber. The diver who spoke to AFP said the boys were "groggy" but "breathing" when he helped to pull them out, while the BBC reported that according to divers, the boys were "heavily sedated to avoid anxiety". An American military diver added: "Those kids were proper knocked out". "Anyone can bring this card to show it to the doctors, so the doctor can be alerted to any kinds of diseases and take care of them, such as colds", Thongchai told reporters.
But Mr Prayut denied this, saying: "All of the children were conscious during the operation".
The first video has emerged showing some of the 12 boys receiving treatment in a hospital after surviving more than two weeks inside a partly flooded cave in northern Thailand.
It shows divers preparing to plunge into murky brown waters likened to "cold coffee".
He lauded the co-operation between Thai and worldwide rescuers.
"Wild Boars, keep fighting!" they chanted. But family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier, and after a period of time with no problems, the family members would be allowed closer while dressed in sterilized clothing.
Each of the boys, with no diving experience, was guided out by divers though rocky, muddy and water-filled passages that in places were just a crawl space.
He added doctors were stationed along the corridors of the Tham Luang cave to check constantly on the boys' condition and pulse. They were able to obtain water dripping inside the cave.
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Rescuers also had to step over miles of tubes that had been laid down to pump out water.
Chaiwetch Thanapaisal, director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, told a news conference involving officials involved in the rescue that "everyone is strong in mind and heart".
Some of the rescued boys in hospital.
"FIFA would like to express its great joy at the news of the rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach", said a statement released to Omnisport on Tuesday. Anderson said the so-called positive pressure diving masks used by the boys were "crucial".
Anderson said: "We were extremely fortunate that the outcome was the way it was".
"Pure Flix joins the rest of the world in thanking God for answering prayers for the successful rescue of those trapped in the cave in Thailand", the company said in a statement.
Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters today that the entire operation would not have been possible without the unique skills that Harris brought to the mission, though he did not elaborate.
Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker, whose team faces Croatia in the second semi-final later on Wednesday, said he wanted to send shirts to the boys.