Sri Lankan navy earning world acclaim for elephant rescues

Elephants are well known for loving a paddle, but some take it too far.

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Two young elephants washed out to sea have been saved from drowning by the Sri Lankan navy just a week after a similar incident.

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.

Photos showed the elephants in distress, barely keeping their trunks above water in the deep seas about half a mile off the coast of Sri Lanka.

The navy mounted a similar operation in the same region to save a lone elephant washed five miles off the Sri Lankan coast into the deep waters of the Indian Ocean, just a week before.

Navy officials say the animals were likely swept out while crossing shallow lagoons in the region.

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