Dramatic moment stranded elephant is rescued from fast-flowing flooded river in Thailand

This is the dramatic moment a stranded elephant was rescued from a fast-flowing river in Thailand.The female jumbo named Pang-Sheunjai was washing in the deluged body of water after heavy rains in Buriram province on September 8.However, the creature lost her footing slipped down the eroded depths of the river and was almost swept away before her caretaker jumped in to save her.Footage shows Pang-Sheunjai submerged as she poked up her trunk from time to time to breathe and push through the currents while her mahout and some villagers worked together to rescue her.Resident Sawan, who passed by the area when the incident happened, said: 'Pang-Sheunjai wanted to play in the water while her caretaker fed the other elephants. Unfortunately, she played too much and walked too deep into the water.'The elephant caretaker struggled to rein her back to the banks because of the strong currents until villagers passed by the area and saw what was happening.Without second thoughts, the kind villagers who were with their jumbos at the time took a motorboat nearby while the others helped lure the elephant to safety.The men glided the boat near the frantic elephant, tied a rope around her, and pulled so she would walk towards the banks.One of the villagers also waded into the river with her elephant and helped call out the panicked animal back to safety.It wasn't long before the elephant was rescued and brought ashore. The elephant owners raced and embraced their pets as they slowly climbed up the river.. No one was reported hurt in the incident.Relieved local Sawan said: 'I was holding my breath when it was happening. I'm just glad the elephant and her caretaker are both alright.'Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts from May or June until November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.This year, meteorologists have blamed climate change for the sustained heavy rain, which has been hitting the Thai capital and provinces around the country causing severe floods for several weeks. Warnings of strong wind and storms were also issued for regions across the northeast, east, and south. Thailand's Center for Climate Change and Disaster claimed the coming months could see heavier, longer rainfalls, due to 'climate change'. Local media reported that the country has this year seen 'an unusually sustained and persistent rainy season'.