The eighth boy from a group of 12 who have been trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for more than two weeks has been rescued.
They spent nine days unaccounted for inside the cave, before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddling on a muddy bank above the flooding.
Officials had said before restarting the efforts that they hoped to have all nine people remaining in the cave rescued by the end of Monday local time.
Four ambulances were seen leaving the Thai cave site Monday.
After reaching the area where the boys were trapped, the divers used a rope, which was connected to the outside of the cave, to guide them through the exit way.
"We, the Thai team and the worldwide team, will bring the Wild Boars home", read the message, referring to the name of the boys' soccer team. It is about two kilometres from the entrance. Two divers were assigned to each child to help them navigate the unsafe, narrow passageways. Decker, whose wife is Thai, said the current rescue might be the most complicated, involving tight spaces, low oxygen levels and limited availability of electricity.
Paramedics, believed to be carrying a boy who has been evacuated after being trapped inside a flooded cave, approach a helicopter in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018, in this still image obtained from social media.
Workers have been labouring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.
The boys are being escorted out of the complex cave system via a team of divers.
The rescues were carried out with a diver holding each boy underneath him as they swam through the cave, the boy breathing through a mask and attached by a tether, while another diver swam in front of them, Narongsak said. "We have to quarantine them for a little while due to fear of infection".
"The next step is to make sure those kids and their families are safe because living in a cave has a different environment which might contains animals that could transmit any disease", a hospital statement said.
The boys and their coach hiked more than two miles into the cave after soccer practice on June 23. Visitors would need to wear sanitized clothes and stay two meters away from the children.
A total of eight of the 12 boys have now been brought out of the treacherous cave system by divers, including four who were brought out on Sunday, when the rescue operation began. None of those kids will have to spend any time inside the tiny submarine, but it could be developed further for similar rescue missions in the future. Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours.
Thai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn described the first rescue as "our masterpiece work" and claimed the four rescued boys were in "perfect" health - despite earlier reports that one was being "closely monitored". It was unclear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.