Eight of 13 young footballers rescued from Thai cave so far

A Thai well wisher puts a poster to pray for boys and their football coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province. (AP)

Eight of the 13 young footballers who had been trapped deep inside a Thai cave for more than a fortnight have been rescued, the Navy SEALs involved in the operation said Monday.

“2 days, 8 Wild Boars. Hooyah,” the Thai Navy SEALs said in a post on their official Facebook page, referring to the boys and their coach by the name of their football team.

Thai officials have been tight-lipped about the rescue operation, and would not comment on how many people were removed Monday.

On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue.

Last Update: 06:50 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50