A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command rescued two wild elephants which were swept out to sea between Round Island and Foul Point in Trincomalee this morning.
The jumbos were first noticed by an Inshore Patrol Craft on routine sea patrol. A combined rescue mission was later launched by the Navy and Wildlife officials to save the two wild elephants. The Navy augmented the rescue mission by deploying three Fast Attack Craft on patrol and a team of Navy Divers.
Accordingly, the mammoth effort of the rescue teams saw the two jumbos being carefully directed to the shore without causing any harm to the animals. Having safely guided the two elephants to the shore, they were subsequently released to the Foul Point jungle, the Navy media unit said.
Earlier this month a team of naval personnel belonging to the same naval command saved an elephant drifting at sea about 8 Nm off Kokkuthuduwai. (Colombo Gazette)