Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday, prompting rounds of spontaneous applause as ambulances and helicopters passed.
Although the children were saved, former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kumont died during the rescue effort.
Crowds at the teeming rescue site cheer the good news, but attention soon turns to the hard task of getting the boys out safely.
"I want to tell the coach thank you so much for helping the boys survive this long", said one Chiang Rai woman wearing a traditional dress, tears brimming in her eyes.
Thailand celebrated the successful mission to free 12 boys and their football coach from a cave on Wednesday (July 11), with the nation heaping praise on the rescue team as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.
Pak Loharnshoon is a doctor with the Thai Navy Seals, who, along with three others, volunteered to stay with the boys after they were found underground a week ago.
"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred".
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"They are all in good spirits and happy to be out", Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters.
The final part of the operation to rescue a boys' football team from a cave in Thailand has begun. With rain again pounding the cave site in a mountainous region in northern Thailand on Tuesday morning, rescuers said they were aiming to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach by the evening.
"It is certainly a risk and can take some time to manifest itself and make its presence known", said Andrew Watson, a specialist on rescues from mines and floods trapped.
The eight boys undergoing treatment at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital were in general good health, both physically and mentally, he said.
Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their beds.
"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Mr Jesada said.
Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.
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Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier.
The first four boys were removed from the cave Sunday.
Musk has been tweeting about the rescue mission for the last few days. They were able to obtain water dripping inside the cave.
Tuesday's rescue mission will be a race against time and bad weather.
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He posted photos of the cave interior and a video showing people working their way through chest-high water. "We would like to convey our profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation, which unfortunately took the life of one of the divers".
England defender Kyle Walker sought out the boys' contact information to send them jerseys.
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