Rescued Thai soccer players celebrate from hospital beds in newly released video

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The catchphrase "Hooyah" was trending on Twitter after Thai Navy SEALs used it repeatedly on their Facebook page as a rallying cry during the operation.

Elite military and divers from several countries entered the cave on three separate days to bring out the boys one by one.

The operation to rescue the last of the Thai football team trapped in a flooded cave could have ended in disaster, it has emerged.

The ninth boy was carried from the cave on a stretcher shortly AFTER 11:00 SAST, Reuters and CNN reported.

"FIFA would like to express its great joy at the news of the rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach", the statement reads.

The rescue mission, in which a Thai navy diver died, involved 90 divers who captured the world's imagination as they tirelessly worked to save the boys. Tuesday's operation began just after 10am.

"Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out", Jesada added.

Just before 1pm United Kingdom time, it was announced that all 12 boys and their coach were safe.

"Today (Tuesday) we hope to be faster", Narongsak added, of the complex and risky operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers. He said a medic and three SEALS in the cave, who've been looking after those trapped, will also come out.

Underscoring the danger behind the mission, Ivan Karadzic said, "They are diving in something considered an extremely hazardous environment".

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The eight boys rescued after being trapped for more than two weeks were described as generally healthy.

"All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters on Tuesday at Chiang Rai hospital in the clearest update on their condition so far.

Two of the boys are thought to have lung infections, but there are no serious complaints to report.

They are all likely to stay in hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems.

LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images Thanaporn Promthep, mother of one of the 12 missing boys, displays an image believed to have been taken in 2017 of her son Duangpetch Promthep, nicknamed "Dom" (with the light) and his football coach Ekkapol Chantawong, right, after hearing the news the group was found on July 2, 2018.

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.

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.

In that mission, two divers accompanied each boy, guided by a rope. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts. Social media has been abuzz for days with chatter about the inevitable "Thailand Cave Rescue: The Movie". Around five minutes into this video, the boy shown on screen has his eyes closed but appears conscious, bringing his right hand to his torso as people gather around him.

Tuesday, he tweeted from Thailand that he had been in the caves and that a mini-sub made from rocket parts and named "Wild Boar" after the boys' soccer team, was ready if needed and would be left in Thailand in case it could be of future use.

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