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Rescuers Free 19 Manatees Stuck In A Florida Drainage Pipe

Wildlife experts in Florida believe the manatees entered the pipe in search of fresh, warm water.

Last updated on February 24, 2015, at 2:07 a.m. ET

Posted on February 23, 2015, at 8:32 p.m. ET

A rescue crew worked late in the night Monday to free 19 manatees stuck in a drainage pipe in a residential neighborhood in Satellite Beach, Florida.

Manatee rescue underway from Satellite Beach storm drain. http://t.co/8s7H2Rdlsr

Florida Today@Florida_TodayFollow

Manatee rescue underway from Satellite Beach storm drain. http://t.co/8s7H2Rdlsr

4:28 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Livestreaming of the #ManateeRescue in Satellite Beach continues at http://t.co/vbhYvP7X2W. Six rescued so far.

WKMG Local 6 News@clickorlandoFollow

Livestreaming of the #ManateeRescue in Satellite Beach continues at http://t.co/vbhYvP7X2W. Six rescued so far.

5:50 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the marine mammals likely followed each other into the pipe as they sought fresh water as well as warmer temperatures, Florida Today reported.

BREAKING: Manatee rescue underway in Satellite Beach. I'm told more than a dozen trapped in drainage pipe.

Justin Warmoth@JustinWarmothFollow

BREAKING: Manatee rescue underway in Satellite Beach. I'm told more than a dozen trapped in drainage pipe.

3:35 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

"It's been cold lately and these canals are all filled with manatees,'' Satellite Beach Fire Chief Don Hughes told the site. "I wouldn't even begin to venture a guess as to how they got into the drainage pipes. They will go wherever there's warm water."

Heartbreaking Pictures from the manatee rescue tonight. Watch live on http://t.co/Vra9MbF9Rr #local6 #manateerescue

Jeff McAdam@JeffMcAdamTVFollow

Heartbreaking Pictures from the manatee rescue tonight. Watch live on http://t.co/Vra9MbF9Rr #local6 #manateerescue

5:55 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Backhoes equipped with slings were on the scene to lift the animals out as necessary, and rescuers were also working to guide them back toward open water.

Here’s a look at two manatees rescued so far in Satellite Beach, east of Orlando: http://t.co/S0aqYyGDWB

Joshua Chavers@JoshuaChaversFollow

Here’s a look at two manatees rescued so far in Satellite Beach, east of Orlando: http://t.co/S0aqYyGDWB

4:27 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rescuers from SeaWorld joined the fish and wildlife commission in the operation.

#BreakingNews: We're working w/ local agencies & firefighters to rescue at least 17 #manatees stuck in a drain pipe:

SeaWorld@SeaWorldFollow

#BreakingNews: We're working w/ local agencies & firefighters to rescue at least 17 #manatees stuck in a drain pipe:

7:20 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

After a long night of rescues, all 19 manatees were successfully freed from the drain.

11 manatees rescued so far by fwc and sea world from a drain pipe in Satellite Beach, Florida. #manateerescue

John W. Davis@johnwdavisFollow

11 manatees rescued so far by fwc and sea world from a drain pipe in Satellite Beach, Florida. #manateerescue

9:20 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I'm naming number 19 splashy! Number 19 has been rescued from the drain pipe in Satellite Beach. #manateerescue

John W. Davis@johnwdavisFollow

I'm naming number 19 splashy! Number 19 has been rescued from the drain pipe in Satellite Beach. #manateerescue

10:45 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Splashy was the last one. 19 total manatees rescued from a drain pipe in satellite beach. #manateerescue All alive.

John W. Davis@johnwdavisFollow

Splashy was the last one. 19 total manatees rescued from a drain pipe in satellite beach. #manateerescue All alive.

11:05 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The freed animals were released back into the wild, while others managed to escape on their own.

Per Satellite Fire Chief: 19 manatees RESCUED! FWC: as many as 30 had gone into the storm drain, many were able to leave on their own.

shaun chaiyabhat@ShaunLocal6Follow

Per Satellite Fire Chief: 19 manatees RESCUED!

FWC: as many as 30 had gone into the storm drain, many were able to leave on their own.

10:57 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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