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

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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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Read more here.


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