Sri Lankan Navy Rescues Elephant

Credit: Sri Lankan Navy

Published Jul 12, 2017 7:00 PM by The Maritime Executive

The Sri Lankan Navy has rescued an elephant that was struggling in the water about five miles (eight kilometers) out to sea.

Navy divers and wildlife experts worked for 12 hours on Tuesday to tie ropes around the animal and gently tow it to shore where it was released.

The elephant is believed to have been swept out to sea while crossing Kokkilai lagoon. The lagoon offers a short cut between two stretches of jungle, and elephants often swim or wade across it.

It's not the first time the navy has rescued elephants. Similar incidents occurred in 2016 and 2010.