Watch: Drowning elephant is rescued from rip-tide by navy

Navy divers managed to attach a harness to the distressed creature

An Asian elephant has been saved from drowning after a twelve-hour rescue operation eight kilometers off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Three Sri Lankan navy ships were dispatched after a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) warship, carrying out a routine patrol, spotted the distressed mammal that was being dragged out to sea in a strong riptide.

Officers immediately called for backup and during a twelve-hour rescue mission brave divers managed to attach a harness to the creature who was then gently towed back to the shoreline.

Once on dry land the elephant was handed over to the Department of Wildlife who had been providing advice during the mission. – BangkokJack News Team

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