Washed nearly 10 miles out to sea, an elephant was spotted struggling for their life off the northeastern coast of Kokilai, a town in the Mullaitivu District of Sri Lanka.

It is believed that the elephant was trying to cross the Kokkilai lagoon, but was washed away by the strong current.

A Sri Lankan naval vessel spotted the mammal in the water, and called for backup in what turned into a 6-hour rescue. Although elephants are excellent swimmers, this animal could have easily drowned so many miles out in the ocean.

Thankfully, the elephant was brought safely to shore and given immediate medical attention.

Much appreciation to the Sri Lankan navy for saving this majestic, endangered animal.