In the video, the elephant can been seen floating in the ocean with its trunk upwards, using it like a snorkel.
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A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command saved an elephant caught in a current in the seas about 8 Nautical Miles off Kokkuthuduwai, Kokilai yesterday (11) morning.
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A team of wildlife officers and the rescue teams used ropes and brought the elephant safely back to shore.
It's not the first time the navy has rescued elephants.
It took more than 12 hours for the elephant to be rescued.
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Walakuluge said the large mammal most likely got swept into the sea while crossing the Kokkilai lagoon, a large stretch of water between two areas of jungle that elephants sometimes swim across as a shortcut.
A group of officials from the Department of Wildlife also joined the rescue providing necessary instructions which became extremely vital in the rescue mission.
He said Asian elephants regularly traversed short distances through the water, including in the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago, where they have been observed swimming between the small landforms.
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