Sri Lanka Navy rescues another two elephants swept out to sea

Jerome Frank
July 25, 2017

In the second such rescue in a fortnight, after a lone elephant was found in a current five miles off the coast, navy divers used ropes and boats to save them from the water.

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

Neither of the elephants were injured during the operation and were seen walking inland after making it to the beach.

It's not the first time an elephant has been swept into the sea in Sri Lanka.

The pictures of the elephants struggling in the water also showed that they were distressed.

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A team of naval personnel belonging to the same naval command saved an elephant caught in current in the seas about 8 Nm off Kokkuthuduwai on 11th of this month.

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

The animals were spotted when they were one kilometer from the shore. Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge told TOI that rescuing elephants from mid-sea was tough since it was a unique experience.

Navy officials say the animals were likely swept out while crossing shallow lagoons in the region. The drought situation in the north and east of Sri Lanka and depleting habitat of endangered Lankan elephants apparently push the pachyderms towards coastal areas, according to sources.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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