Two elephants struggle to stay afloat in the deep seas about one kilometre off the coast of Sri Lanka (AFP Photo/STR) More

Colombo (AFP) – Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks.

The navy said the pair of wild elephants were brought ashore after a “mammoth effort” involving navy divers, ropes and a flotilla of boats to tow them back to shallow waters.

Photos showed the elephants in distress, barely keeping their trunks above water in the deep seas about one kilometre off the coast of Sri Lanka.

“Having safely guided the two elephants to the shore, they

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