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Hurricane Helpers brave Hurricane Irma's fury to save manatees

Hurricane Helpers brave Hurricane Irma's fury to save manatees
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Hurricane Helpers brave Hurricane Irma's fury to save manatees

Hurricane Irma’s winds drained waterways around Tampa Bay late this morning, even though the storm was 200 miles away.  It happened so fast that some manatees were apparently caught off-guard, leading to at least one impromptu rescue.

Jeremy Ziemba of Bradenton told FOX 13 he was north of the Ringling Museum just after 1 p.m. when a group of citizens spotted stranded sea cows and headed into the mud to carry them to deeper water.

Law enforcement joined the rescue effort, then directed everyone inside for their safety.

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