Fort Lauderdale

Manatee Trapped at Fort Lauderdale Pump Station Freed

A manatee was freed after it became stuck in a pump station in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers responded to the station at 100 North New River Drive around 10 a.m.

The workers were able to rescue the manatee with the help of the dive team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A crane was used to help lift the animal out. The female manatee is about 7-foot and weighs between 400-500 pounds, officials said.

Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Heiser said the manatee was reported trapped Monday night and they gave it a day to see if it find its own way out, but it didn't.

The manatee will be taken to the Miami Seaquarium to get checked out.

"He looks pretty banged up right now," Heiser said.

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