By Bilal Kuchay
Dramatic visuals show the Sri Lankan navy men rescuing two elephants from drowning after strong currents dragged the animalss deep into the sea.
The helpless elephants were grappling, barely able to keep their trunks above water in the deep sea about one kilometre off the coast in Trincomalee, when luckily the naval officers on routine patrol spotted them.
Responding promptly to the situation, the Navy officers deployed three boats and a team of divers who quickly jumped into the water with ropes and guided the jumbos towards the shore.
“A navy Inshore Patrol Craft which was on routine sea patrol noticed the jumbos in distress and alerted the Department of Wildlife in Trincomalee.
“They were extremely lucky to have been spotted by a patrol craft which called in several other boats to help with the rescue.
“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.
“Having safely guided the two elephants to the shore, they were subsequently released to the Foul Point jungle (in Trincomalee district),” the Sri Lankan navy said.
After the successful rescue, the elephants were subsequently released into the surrounding Foul Point jungle, famous for elephant habitat.