Thai authorities deciding how to rescue soccer team from flooded cave

Luang Rescue Operation Center Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand Monday

The governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said late Monday that all 13 have been found safe but that the days-long rescue operation isn't over, according to the Associated Press.

However, after more than a week of no news and fading hopes, two British divers, part of an worldwide team of rescuers involved in the effort, reached the so-called Pattaya Beach deep-water cave, where the boys and their mentor were holing up, on Monday.

Flooding trapped them after they entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai on June 23.

The British Cave Rescue Council - the representative body for voluntary underground rescue in the British Isles - said the trio arrived in Thailand three days after the football team went into the caves.

The discovery brought elation as a complex rescue operation began to bring the boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their coach, 25, out from the winding, water-logged tunnels.

More than 1,000 rescuers from several countries - including the U.S. and China - also joined the search team.

A video of the moment the missing group were found features the voices of two British men, believed to be Mr Stanton and Mr Volanthen.

A nurse and a doctor have been sent to the cave, accompanied by divers, while several divers stay with the boys to oversee them and keep their spirits up. "You are very strong".

The rescue efforts at the Thaum Luang Nang Non cave have so far involved global assistance from the "US, China, Australia and the United Kingdom", according to Olarn and Said-Moorhouse.

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"We are coming, it's OK, many people are coming. we are the first", the diver says.

On Monday, the boys' families received news they had been praying for all along.

"What day is it?" one the players asks.

Efforts to locate the team in the network were complicated by rising water levels, which continued as the rain did not abate. After a muffled conversation, the divers tell them: "Monday, Monday".

One boy, noticing the camera and hearing unfamiliar words, says in Thai, "Oh, they want to take a picture; tell him we're hungry.I haven't had anything to eat".

But Mr Mirza said that could be an even more unsafe option. "But our mission is not completed... so far we've just found them, now we have to bring them out and get them home". Reymenants told ABC News the race is on to safely remove the group from the cave over the next 12 hours before the next rainstorm hits.

"Supplying them on site may face challenges depending on how hard the dives are", Mr Mirza, co-ordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission. That also begets the question: "If the dives are hard then supply will be hard, but the risk of trying to dive them out is also exponentially greater".

The mountainside was also combed for fissures that might lead to shafts.

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