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.