DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A female manatee and her calf have been trapped in an underwater structure in Daytona Beach since last week and rescuers said they don’t know how to safely get them out.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the manatees are trapped behind a structure at the Halifax Harbor Marina.
The manatees have been stuck in the structure since Thursday and may have been trapped there due to storm-related issues.
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“The tide has been really, really high through here, even before Dorian with the king tides and stuff, so, it would have been really easy for her to get stuck in there,” Daytona Beach resident Jean Dewey said.
Officials said the rescue efforts are being hindered by “steep slopes, major depth and dangerous conditions, overall.”
Teams are discussing several options to rescue the pair, including cutting a door in the wall of the structure.
FWC is meeting with Daytona Beach leaders to find the best option to rescue the manatee and her calf.
.@MyFWC and .@CityDaytona working on a plan to free a manatee and get calf from this retention pond on the intercoastal. They’ve been stuck there since Thursday. One idea is to remove part of the wall Manatee has been feeding off of algae. .@SeaWorld could be brought into help pic.twitter.com/pSHfGwtubj— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) September 10, 2019
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