Prayut extended his "sincerest gratitude" to all involved in the mission including volunteers, government officials, private companies and media, as well as the moral support of people across the world.
He also recalled the sacrifice of Petty Officer First Class Samarn Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL diver, who volunteered and lost his life during the operation.More news: Apple patches iOS bug that crashed apps due to Taiwanese flag emoji
Thai locals have been heavily invested in the efforts to save the soccer team, celebrating the rescue of the four and praying for the safe return of the nine still trapped. Prayut said Saman's legacy "will forever be in our hearts".
Earlier, on 23rd June 2018, 12 schoolchildren aged between 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach disappeared in the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave Complex. "Such a attractive moment - all freed, great job!"More news: France out to rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in final, says Pogba
Rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced the successful extraction of four more "Wild Boars" soccer team members out of the Tham Luang cave and expressed confidence that rescuers would be able to bring to safety the last batch of five survivors tomorrow faster than they did in the past two days. But Monday, the rain set back in while four more youngsters were extracted from the cave system, bringing the total number of rescued boys to eight. The rescued boys are said to be in "high spirits".More news: Theresa May faces guerilla tactics from Brexit rebels