An elephant washed out to sea on Tuesday has been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge told the AFP that the navy embarked on the rescue mission when people spotted the animal struggling to stay afloat several miles from the island’s northeast coast.
Navy personnel told The Guardian that elephant was caught in a current off the coast near the town of Kokkilai and dragged into the ocean where it was spotted during a routine patrol.
Video and photos show that the mammal was almost completely submerged in water.
“It is a miraculous escape for the elephant,” Walakuluge told AFP of the 12-hour rescue expedition.