Soccer players speaking from Thai cave say they are healthy

Soldiers work outside Tham Luang while divers moved further inside the cave in Mae Sai district Chiang Rai on Sunday

Rescuers in Thailand are still trying to work out how to extract 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a cave. Extracting the children takes a lot of people, ' Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said. "We are focusing on setting up ropes in each section of the cave to help them". He said the boys would be brought out via the same complicated route through which their rescuers entered.

The world watches with bated breath while the boys - who have been stranded for nearly two weeks now - are reportedly being trained in how to breathe with scuba equipment as they prepare for a possible attempt at leaving the cave this morning.

The team are seen sitting with Thai navy Seals in the dark cave with their visibly skinny faces illuminated by the beam of a flashlight.

Each of the team are seen making a traditional Thai greeting gesture to the camera before introducing themselves by a nickname, adding: "I'm in good health".

The video lasting about a minute was recorded some time on Tuesday and was posted on the navy Seal Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

The Tham Luang Nang Non cave network made headlines around the world after the boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared on June 23.

The team was discovered after they went missing more than a week ago.

A video released by the SEALS showed two rescuers seated on an elevated part of the cave beside boys wrapped in emergency foil blankets who appeared to be in good spirits, occasionally laughing.

A medic treats the boys in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3 video by a Thai Navy Seal.

A phone line is being installed inside the cave so the boys and coach can talk to their loved ones, CBS News reported.

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Thai authorities are looking at several possibilities depending on the water levels inside the caves and the weather, she added.

Those waiting for the boys to come out included a group of students who are friends with some of the boys trapped inside, who sang a song in front of the entrance to show their support.

According to Anmar Mirza, national co-ordinator of the National Cave Rescue Commission in the U.S. and editor of the book Manual of U.S. Cave Rescue Technique, the main decision is now whether to try to get the boys out of the cave or to provide them supplies in place.

But heavy rain is forecast for this weekend which could force authorities to decide the boys should swim and dive out - something rescue experts have said could be extremely unsafe.

Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said: "We worked so hard to find them and we will not lose them".

"We haven't eaten", a boy says in Thai, then breaks into English: "We have to eat, eat, eat!"

Thai authorities have emphasized that they will not endanger the boys' lives during the extraction and will only do it when it is "100 percent safe". Picture: AAPThe 12 boys and their coach were found alive on Monday night.

Authorities are evaluating their readiness each day and if there is any risk, will not proceed, he said. Pumps are working to remove standing water from the caves to reduce the amount of time they would have to be underwater. The monsoon season is expected to last three or four months. That means that even with strong lights, "visibility now is reduced essentially to zero".

He said it was awkward, but possible, to teach them minimal skills. In that way, the teenagers will only need to hold onto the rope and the diver and breathe through the mask, while the experienced cave divers swim them out, he said. "Creating an environment that can make them safely get away, that's feasible".

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