Ropes To Rescue 2 Elephants Washed Out To Sea, How A Navy Used Divers

Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks.

The navy said the pair of wild elephants were brought ashore after a "mammoth effort" involving navy divers, ropes and a flotilla of boats to tow them back to shallow waters.

The elephants is seen distress in the photo, barely keeping their trunks above water in the deep seas about one kilometre off the coast of Sri Lanka.

"Having safely guided the two elephants to the shore, they were subsequently released to the Foul Point jungle (in Trincomalee district)," the navy said in a statement.

"Spotted by a patrol craft as they were extremely lucky which called in several other boats to help with the rescue."

Two weeks ago, the navy mounted a similar operation in the same region to save a lone elephant washed eight kilometres (five miles) off the Sri Lankan coast into the deep waters of the Indian Ocean.

While crossing shallow lagoons in the region the animals were likely swept out, Navy officials say. They are not the only wildlife to encounter trouble in the Biodiverse Island. In May, the navy and local residents saved a pod of 20 pilot whales that became stranded in Trincomalee, a natural harbour that is popular for whale watching.

Watch the dramatic rescue here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV4vxQSXUj0

 

 

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