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Posted: July 24, 2017

WATCH: Sri Lankan navy rescues elephants swept out to sea

The Sri Lankan navy reportedly rescued two elephants that were swept out to sea.
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The Sri Lankan navy reportedly rescued two elephants that were swept out to sea.

By WHIO.com

TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka —

Two elephants that were swept out to sea were rescued by Sri Lanka's navy on Sunday, according to a CBS report. 

>> Watch video of the rescue here

The navy patrol located the elephants more than a half a mile from the shore, the navy said in a news release.

>> Elephant swept out to sea rescued 10 miles off coast by Sri Lankan navy

CBS reported that the animals, who likely were swept out while crossing a lagoon, were in distress.

>> See photos of the rescue here

The navy and wildlife officials sent in vessels and divers as part of its "mammoth effort,” the news release said.

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The elephants were “carefully directed to the shore without causing any harm to the animals” and released into the Foul Point jungle, the navy said.

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Elephant swept out to sea rescued 10 miles off coast by Sri Lankan navy

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Elephant swept out to sea rescued 10 miles off coast by Sri Lankan navy

A distressed elephant that had been swept some 10 miles out to sea was rescued during a 12-hour effort that was caught on video. 

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The Sri Lankan Navy and Department of Wildlife officers worked to rescue the elephant by tying ropes to it and then gently pulling it back to shallow water, according to the Guardian.

The incident occurred near the coast of Kokkilai in northeast Sri Lanka.

Navy personnel first spotted the Asian elephant, which they think had been caught in a current, and then solicited help from wildlife officials.

Avinash Krishnan, a research officer with the conservation group A Rocha, told the Guardian that it’s not all that uncommon for the elephant to have ventured so far from shore. 

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“They’re very good swimmers ... but they can’t keep swimming for long because they burn a lot of energy,” he said.

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