Sri Lankan navy rescue elephant dragged out to sea

The huge animal was struggling to stay afloat

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The Sri Lankan navy rescued a wild elephant dragged out to sea by strong currents.

The elephant, who was struggling to stay afloat, was spotted by a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) on a routine patrol off the coast of Kokkuthuduwai in Kokilai, in the country's northeast.

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Additional vessels carrying navy divers were sent to help out in the rescue operation which lasted six hours.

Divers tied a rope around the elephant and a vessel dragged the mammal back on dry land.

Wildlife officials were at hand and gave the elephant a clean bill of health.

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