Divers save elephant who was swept up by the sea

  • Divers save elephant who was swept up by the sea

Divers save elephant who was swept up by the sea

Fisheries department sources here said that fishermen from Ramanathapuram district were fishing in deep sea in Nedutheevu, which was close to Sri Lanka coast.

A team of rescue divers - one of whom climbed on to the elephant's back in the water - attached ropes to the animal.

Footage shows naval personnel helping to guide the elephant back towards land.

Thanks to a team of rescuers, an elephant escaped nearly certain death after getting washed out to sea Tuesday in Sri Lanka.

An elephant found swimming roughly 10 miles off the northeast coast of Sri Lanka was reportedly rescued Tuesday by the country's navy. Video shows the elephant almost submerged in water and using its trunk as a makeshift snorkel to breathe.

The elephant survived and was given over to wildlife officials once onshore in the Kokilai area of Sri Lanka. They are strong, skilled swimmers, with a unique lung structure that helps them withstand dramatic differences in pressure above and below water. "They can't keep swimming for long because they burn a lot of energy", he said.

As per the report, the elephant was dragged away by the water. Eventually the animal was guided to shore, where it was released into the care of wildlife officials, according to the Navy's website.