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A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command rescued an elephant caught in a current in the seas off Kokkuthuduwai, Kokilai yesterday.
Navy said the elephant dragged away by current was initially noticed by a Fast Attack Craft on routine patrol in the aforesaid sea area.
Thereupon, another Fast Attack Craft on patrol and a team of navy divers were promptly directed to the location by the Navy.
A group of officials from the Department of Wildlife also joined in the rescue operation and later they were able to direct the elephant towards the coast from the deep sea.
Having safely guided the elephant to the Yan Oya area in Pulmodai, the elephant was handed over to the Wildlife officials.