A team of 40 rescue workers labored for eight hours overnight Monday to free 19 manatees trapped in a Florida city storm drain after they sought warmer water there.
City workers in Satellite Beach re-installed a grate Tuesday to keep more manatees from seeking the warmth. The grate had been clogged and removed, which allowed the sea cows to swim into the opening one by one.
A hole was cut into the drainage pipe so rescuers from SeaWorld, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and police and firefighters could lift them out with slings, earth-movers and a fire department ladder truck.
All 19 animals were safely released back into the Indian River Lagoon.
(WATCH the WRBL video above and READ the update from Florida Today)