Here is our full report from our correspondents in Mae Sai on todayâs dramatic rescue.
In Mae Sai, Michael Safi and Veena Thoopkrajae have been speaking to the mother of one of the boys reportedly freed from the cave.
Mongkhol Boonpiam, 14, has been named by Thai media as one of the boys who was freed on Sunday. Namhom said she had only learned he may have been freed from reports on social media, which the families are tracking from the cave site.
âI just heard his name, Mongkhol, and I was happy enough,â she said.
She was sleeping at the cave site on Sunday night with many of the other parents and had not yet thought about what she would say once she saw him. âLet me meet him first,â she said.
We now have a more comprehensive transcript of earlierâs press conference.
âToday was the best situation â in terms of kidsâ health, water and our rescue readiness,â Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the rescue, said at a press briefing on Sunday.
âFour have been [brought] out from the cave site, four have been rescued. We consider that a great success.â
He said the operation, which was launched at 10am on Sunday, had proceeded hours faster than expected. âIt has been our masterpiece work,â he said.
âOur job is not completely done,â Osatanakorn said. âWe will have to do the next mission as successfully as the one we did today. The rest of the kids are in the same spot.â
âAir tanks and systems have to be put in place again,â he said. âI canât tell you exact timing of the next operation but I can say it will be more than 10 hours to 20 hours. It will not be more than 20 hours. I have to check all factors are stable. The operation then will be carried out.â
Daniel Sutton, an Australian journalist, has tweeted that the four boys were on stretchers when they emerged from the cave.
Just to recap, four boys from a group of 12 children who have been trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks have been freed, authorities have confirmed.
The latest photos from Chiang Rai as servicemen, rescuers and volunteers head out from the cave site and onlookers cheer as the rescued boys arrive at the hospital.
Steve Whitlock, an experienced caver who was part of a rescue mission in one of the deepest mines in the world in Mexico, tells the BBC that its not over until all of the people are out of the cave, âincluding the rescuersâ.
âI would caution people to just be a little bit careful because weâve still got an awful amount of people who still need to come out of that cave.
Explaining how you would give a crash course in cave diving in an emergency situation, Whitlock says âyou have to put them in the gear that theyâll be moving through the cave through.â
âYou find a safe piece of water which isnât submerged, ie not covered by a cave passage above, and you put them in the water, you see how they react,â he says.
In Mexico, he explains, the people he rescued did not swim, they following a rope out of the cave and crawled.
âNow they may well have used the same method [in Thailand], because the moment you make them neutrally buoyant – and that means that they can float around – they become more difficult to manage,â Whitlock says.
This means that they are not diving straight into the unknown and you are able to reassure them with your presence.
The Thai Navy Seals have said âTonight, we can sleep wellâ in a Facebook post as todayâs rescue operation comes to a close.
âHooyah,â the post concludes, in the tradition of the Marines.
The rescue has been concluded for the night and will resume in 10-20 hours because âweâve used all the oxygen,â according to Narongsak, who said the healthiest were taken out first.
For the next operation to happen, we cannot say. It will be between 10 and 20 hours, but not over 20. But we have to evaluate all the factors.
Air tanks must be put back into place,â he added, noting that todayâs progress was a âgreat successâ.
He said that 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and that two divers would accompany each boy as theyâre gradually extracted.
According to the BBC, the rescue mission is slated to resume at 8am local time. It is currently 9:16pm.
Dan Johnston told the BBC News Channel that âits actually just falling quiet hereâ and âthereâs been a lot of activity in the past few minutesâ with people now appearing to be leaving the site for the evening.
One thing to bear in mind is the tiredness levels of the cave diving exerts who are leading this operation. They have been working busily all day and it looks like some of them are actually leaving the dive site now.
It looks like theyâve taken the decision that they have done as much as they can for today.
The operation is set to resume at 8am local time with officials and volunteers buoyed by the fact that their method of rescuing the boys by diving has been successful insofar.
The remaining eight boys and their coach remain at the original underground location near to Pattaya beach, suggesting that previous reports that six boys had been freed were inaccurate.