Elephant’s ‘Miraculous Escape’ After Being Swept 5 Miles Out to Sea in Sri Lanka

In a remarkable rescue mission, the Sri Lankan navy saved an elephant that was spotted five miles out to sea, desperately trying to keep its trunk above water.

The 12-hour rescue operation has been described as a “miraculous escape” for the animal.

Watch the video at the end.

ADVERTISEMENT

Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge explained that the navy, along with wildlife officials, began the mission after noticing the struggling elephant off the island’s northeast coast.

Elephant Has A Miraculous Escape After Being Swept Five Miles Out To Sea 1
Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it, pictured, before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released late yesterday.

Divers approached the animal, tied ropes around it, and gently towed it to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released on Tuesday.

The elephant likely got swept out to sea while crossing the Kokkilai lagoon, a large body of water between two jungle areas.

ADVERTISEMENT
Elephant Has A Miraculous Escape After Being Swept Five Miles Out To Sea 2
The elephant can be seen in the foreground, poking its trunk above water while, in the background, the Sri Lankan navy rides to its rescue.

Walakuluge said elephants often wade through shallow waters or swim across to take shortcuts.

This rescue follows a recent incident where the navy and local residents saved a pod of 20 pilot whales stranded near Trincomalee, a natural harbor popular for whale watching.

Elephant Has A Miraculous Escape After Being Swept Five Miles Out To Sea 3
Sri Lanka Navy divers trying to tie a rope around an elephant, pictured, who had strayed away into the open sea and tried to stay afloat off the East coast of the island. The elephant was safely pulled to shore.

The area has a high concentration of blue and sperm whales, while the surrounding jungles are home to wild elephants.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the video below:


Read more Elephant News.

ADVERTISEMENT

Leave a Comment