Army to the rescue as entangled, beached whale is freed off Sri Lanka

Soldiers and villagers work to free stranded whale. Photo: Sri Lanka Army

A 70-foot whale is free off Sri Lanka after an eight-hour rescue effort spearheaded by an army special forces unit.

The whale had become trapped in a fishing net near the village of Kokilai, and was pushed ashore in heavy seas. Villagers using ropes were not able to budge the leviathan so a plea for help was delivered to the Army Security Force Headquarters–Mullaittivu.

Heavy machinery is used to push the...

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