Trunks not made for swimming: elephants rescued from Sri Lankan sea

Sri Lanka navy rescues two elephants washed out to sea

An inshore patrol craft noticed the animals in distress and alerted the Department of Wildlife in Trincomalee.

"Having safely guided the two elephants to the shore, they were subsequently released to the Foul Point jungle [in Trincomalee district]".

Sri Lankan Navy, on Sunday, saved two young elephants from drowning.

The pair of wild elephants were spotted struggling to keep their trunks above the surface in deep water half a mile off the northeast coast.

Three navy vessels participated in the rescue mission along the coast of the province of Trincomale, eventually coordinating with a team of Navy Divers to help guide the elephants back to shore.

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Using ropes, the rescuers were able to direct the elephant towards the coast and to safety.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time an elephant was swept out to sea.

The rescue operation that lasted for five hours was carried out by Navy personnel of the Eastern Naval Command.

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The Sri Lankan Navy has again come to the rescue of elephants caught in the ocean out of their depth. "They were extremely lucky to have been spotted by a patrol craft, which called in several other boats to help with the rescue". According to the Navy, the elephant could have been swept away by a rip current while crossing shallow lagoons in that area.

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