Stranded manatee rescued by quick thinking

PONCE INLET, Fla. (NBC/WESH) — A stranded manatee is back in the ocean after a group of beachgoers jumped into action.

The manatee got stuck on Disappearing Island on Wednesday afternoon near Ponce Inlet, Fla.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials arrived on the scene and helped organize the group to safely lift the mammal back into open water.

The manatee didn’t seem too stressed as it swam away.

Disappearing Island is popular with boaters because low tide gives them a good place to beach their watercraft. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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