"We made them relaxed and calm and slowly moved them out".
Most of the boys rescued from inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand lost an average of 2 kilograms (4 pounds) during their ordeal, but were generally in good condition, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
He lauded the co-operation between Thai and global rescuers.
In the first videos since their rescue after 17 days trapped in a flooded cave, the team waved and made peace signs from their beds as loved ones watched outside the glassed-off room.
The trapped group in Thailand have now all been rescued from the cave, and are now recuperating in hospital.
"The cave [has] zero visibility", she said.
The IT consultant, in his 40s, and Mr Stanton, a fireman from Coventry who is in his 50s, reached the group nine days after they went missing deep within the labyrinth.
Having completed this section, the boys were then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who helped them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they could wade through. "I want to say thanks to those who rescued my boy".
First images emerge of boys rescued from Thailand cave
The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out. But he had denied they were knocked out for an operation the chief of the rescue had dubbed "mission impossible".
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A Thai navy SEAL diver told AFP news agency the boys were sleeping or partially conscious as they were carried out of the cave. Alice Bryant adapted them for Learning English.
Rescue divers told BBC News the boys were heavily sedated during the rescue to prevent them from panicking in the water-filled passageways, which were barely large enough to fit through.
But according to Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures, they have been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to develop the film.
But once they started sending in rescuers, tragedy struck three days later.
The rescue mission, in which a Thai navy diver died, involved 90 divers who captured the world's imagination as they tirelessly worked to save the boys. That was the moment that seemed to unite the politically fractured Thailand, Komolvadhin said. "They are children being children, it was an accident", Narongsak said.
But he had denied they were knocked out for an operation the chief of the rescue had dubbed "mission impossible".
Earlier on Wednesday, the head of the Thai Navy Seals told the BBC that "hope became reality" with the rescue of the boys and their coach from the Tham Luang cave. "They have to help each other". They will be able to eat normally this evening.
Cylinders placed at locations throughout the cave for replenishing the boys' air supply were "jammed" with 80 per cent oxygen instead of regular air because "that would plus up their oxygen saturation levels and that would be really good for them, their mental state", he said.
The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" team and their adult coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a risky rescue and evoking worldwide relief and joy.