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An elephant rescued five miles out at sea after possibly getting caught in a riptide made "a miraculous escape" from death, according to the Sri Lankan sailors who saved it.
Sri Lanka Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge said a routine patrol discovered the elephant trying to stay afloat off the island's northeast coast, reported Agence France-Presse.
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Rescuers spent 12 hours tying ropes to the elephants before towing it carefully back to shallow waters.
National Geographic said a video of the rescue showed how the elephant used its trunk like a snorkel to breathe while in the water.
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Walakuluge said the elephant likely was swept out to sea while crossing the Kokkilai lagoon, a large stretch of water that lies between two areas of jungle in Sri Lanka.
"They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a short cut," he told AFP.
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