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VIDEO: Firefighters, citizens save beached manatees

(Courtesy: Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department)

CLEARWATER, FL (WSYX/WTTE) -- Frst responders received an unusual call along the Florida coast on Wednesday.

The Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department said they received reports of seven manatees beaching themselves along the coast. By the time they arrived, they said only three remained.

In videos posted by the department to its Facebook page, five members of the department were seen helping the mammals back into the water, along with the help of several citizens.

The manatees may have been pushed ashore from the shallow water because of high winds and waves that had moved through the area, officials said.

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