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.dachsund-in-mudslide-Bill_Pyles

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All 19 animals were safely released back into the Indian River Lagoon.

(WATCH the WRBL video above and READ the update from Florida Today)


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