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Somyot Poompanmoung now head of the Football Association of Thailand offered a reward $120,000 reward for information

But he could not confirm if all five would come out today. He said the mission would resume within "10 to 20 hours".

An eighth boy has been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand.

The urgent and risky effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.

The billionaire entrepreneur has been tweeting proposals and offering his services to the Thai government in its efforts to extract the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave.

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.

A stretcher carrying what is believed to be a fifth boy rescued from a cave in northern Thailand. On Monday, four more were rushed to a hospital.

Authorities then struggled to determine the best way to save the "Wild Boars", with the group stuck on a shelf above the floodwaters in pitch darkness.

Rescuers have been navigating a unsafe and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha went to the cave to inspect the rescue operation later on Monday, with navy rescuers giving him a rousing cheer.

A Thai forestry official said water levels were still declining in the cave due to thousands of pumps operating inside and had not been significantly affected by the intermittent rain of the past 48 hours.

There the boys can rest before making the last, easier walk out to the entrance.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue will return to extricate the others as they know the cave conditions and what to do.

Only four boys and their 25-year-old coach now remain inside. On Friday, a former navy SEAL who suited up again to volunteer died on a dive to resupply the oxygen needed for the long and arduous dive.

Rescue workers at the cave complex, seen late Sunday.

The four boys who were rescued Sunday had to travel about 4 km (2 1/2 miles) with oxygen tanks. Narongsak on Monday said their identities were being protected out of respect for the families of those still trapped inside the cave.

Four of the boys were rescued on Sunday, and authorities are now working to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route.

They are said to be in good health and demanding fried rice in a hospital on Monday, Osottanakorn said.

A source inside the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital where the first four boys are being kept said their condition was "not bad" but doctors were watching for signs of emerging conditions such as hypothermia. Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.

He also urged the media to behave respectfully.

The rescue operation was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.

"We've used all the oxygen", Osatanakorn told reporters. The rescued children were taken to the hospital, and officials said early Monday that they are strong and safe but need to undergo detailed medical checks.

Thailand's Health Secretary said last week that on arrival at the hospital the boys would need to be quarantined for one to two days before being allowed to see their families.

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