The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a risky rescue and evoking global relief and joy.
The 12 boys were trapped for a total of 17 days and all lost an average of two kilograms.
Teacher Phannee Tiyaprom at Ban Pa Moead School told AFP: "The first thing that comes to mind when I talk about him is his nice manner".
The former governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osatanakorn, the local official in charge of the rescue operation, told ABC News some of the boys were too weak to really walk.
"My job was to transfer them along", he said, adding the "boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred" and were monitored at regular intervals by doctors posted along the kilometres-long escape route. "None of them show a level of stress that we should be concerned about". The family members were not allowed to enter the room where they are being treated, in order to avoid infection, Dr Chaiyawej Thanapaisarn said. "I have to praise the coach who took care of the footballers very well", Lertvirairatanapong said.
Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong is a Thai public health inspector.
The Thai football team who were trapped in the cave. Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.
But one man has emerged as a pivotal figure in the most unlikely of rescues - Australian diver and anaesthetist Richard "Harry" Harris.
"We will look for a way of securing citizenship for them", said Vitha Tachiboon, of Thailand's youth ministry.
The group was trapped in the cave by rising water and rescued in a dramatic operation that captivated the world.
After being brought out of the cave, one by one beginning on Sunday, they were taken by helicopter to a hospital in the town of Chiang Rai, about 70 km (45 miles) away, to stay in quarantine.
"By the time the last diver was out the water was already at head level, nearly to the point where he needed an oxygen tank".
But while they are out of the cave, and doing just fine - considering what has transpired - the "Wild Boars" football team members and their coach have a way to go yet before their lives return to a semblance of normality. Lit by several beams of white light, the divers in wet suits and helmets are seen submerging themselves in the water and grabbing on to a metal dive line used to guide them through the winding channels of the six-mile cave.
The boys were reportedly sedated though there have been conflicting reports about the kind of medicine they received, with some saying they got anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm while Peeranarong said some of them had been fully sedated. "He gives a "wai" gesture to every teacher he walks past, every time". "They are children being children, it was an accident", he said.