In a bizarre incident, Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning by the Sri Lankan navy in such incident off the island on Sunday.

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.

“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.

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“They were extremely lucky to have been spotted by a patrol craft which called in several other boats to help with the rescue.”

Navy officials say the animals were likely swept out while crossing shallow lagoons in the region. They are not the only wildlife to encounter trouble in the biodiverse island.

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