FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers worked for hours to help a manatee in distress. A life jacket was on the manatee, and crews tried to make contact to get the life jacket off -- but the manatee didn't want to cooperate, CBS Miami reports.

The manatee was first spotted in the Intracoastal Waterway south of Sunrise Boulevard. By Wednesday afternoon, it was in the waters of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Every time crews got close to the animal, it dove underwater, away from the help of rescuers, apparently afraid of the boats and swimmers who were trying to help.

Officials don't know where the life jacket came from or how it got stuck on the manatee.

The life jacket was removed and the manatee returned to the water.

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