Manatee Stuck in Life Jacket in Fort Lauderdale

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  • Footage showed the manatee swimming along with the orange life preserver wrapped around its torso

Firefighters and police divers worked to free a manatee that had a life jacket stuck on it in a Fort Lauderdale waterway Wednesday.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers responded to the manatee in distress in the area of the 700 block of Bayshore Drive.

Footage showed the manatee swimming along with the orange life preserver wrapped around its torso. At one point, a diver approached to try to remove the jacket but the manatee dove deeper into the water.

Officials said they’re not sure how the manatee ended up in the life jacket.