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Video: Crews work to rescue manatee from Florida storm drain

A construction crew first spotted the adult manatee while doing work in Jacksonville, Fla.

Rescue crews in Florida hoisted a manatee who managed to get stuck in a storm drain pipe in Jacksonville.

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Rescue crews in Florida hoisted a manatee who managed to get stuck in a storm drain pipe in Jacksonville.

Crews worked to free a manatee that found itself caught in a storm drain in Jacksonville, Fla. on Wednesday afternoon.

City workers were in the area when they first spotted the animal, who rescuers say was trapped in a 36-inch pipe.

Crews had to dig around the drain in order to lift the manatee out of the grate in a rescue streamed on Facebook.

Officials told First Coast News that they believe the manatee will survive, saying the animal had a little bruising and scrapes to its nose from the pipe.

"It will take some time but we are optimistic," an official with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said before the animal's rescue.

While officials agreed the animal would be able to be freed, there remains some dispute about the manatee's new name.

Local children are calling it Venetia, after the neighbourhood where it was discovered, while firefighters were calling it Piper.

Officials say the manatee, Venetia or Piper, will be transported to SeaWorld in Orlando to assess its condition.