A daunting task now awaits both the boys - aged between 11 to 16 - and their rescuers.
Teams of Thai and worldwide divers have since supplied them with food, oxygen and medical attention.
"When we were kids we weren't much better than this.we probably also did things that disappointed our parents".
The handwritten messages from the boys and the coach to their families were on Saturday posted on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page. "I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologize to the parents". "I miss everyone and I want to go home quickly".
Others have criticised him for agreeing to take the young boys into the cave during the monsoon season.
Boys trapped in a Thai cave wrote letters to their parents on Friday, telling them to "be strong" and not to worry. His family are shopkeepers. I am fine. Please take me to eat fried chicken after this.
While a boy called Nick writes, "Mum and Dad, I love you and Toi".
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also singled out Maguire, "normally a very honest guy.for diving in the box". Players go down at the slightest touch in search of a free kick or exaggerate a foul to have an opponent punished.
"I love you mom and dad". I love you,"another said".
"Don't worry, I'm fine".
"If the risk is less than 10 percent, we will go forward", said one of the leaders of the extraction operation.
The notes have triggered a surge of emotion from families, who are facing an agonising wait for a unsafe evacuation.
Tee: Don't worry, I'm so happy. "I'm nearly crying. It doesn't matter how long I wait as long as he is safe", Piraphat Sompiangjai's mother Supaluk Sompiengjai was cited by AFP as saying.
Officials say they have a window of up to four days before rains will make the rescue more hard.
All attempts to rescue the 12 members of a youth football team and their coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system have been put on hold for the moment due to a rain forecast. With more rains on the way, rescuers are in a race against time to find a way to free the boys before the water levels rise and flood the chamber they have been sheltering in.
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The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight. I think they'll be a lot more careful in the next match because, today, it was far too obvious".
"Now the problem is the children's readiness to dive".
But his comments 12 hours later suggest the thinking has changed, with water levels inside the cave now managed to their lowest point by constant drainage. "These are the clearest signs yet that this rescue attempt is imminent". Players from teams including England and Sweden have recorded good luck video messages for the trapped boys, and Federation Internationale de Football Association has invited the 13 to the World Cup final should they be rescued in time and are healthy enough to travel.
A team of bird's nest collectors had scoured the mountainside for openings on Thursday.
The Daily Mail reported that Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said he asked billionaire technology entrepreneur Elon Musk to send engineers from his SpaceX and Boring Company firms to help with the rescue.
Some of the boys can not swim.
Rescuers are deciding how to remove the group but have been slowed down by logistical issues including high water levels inside the cave and narrow, flooded passages which would require the boys to dive alone.
Earlier on Saturday Thai Navy SEALS published touching notes scrawled by the trapped footballers to their families, who are waiting for them agonizingly close-by outside the cave entrance.
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Workers have been trying to run an oxygen line into the cave's chambers. "We will carry on".