Michael Sechler posted that the animals, known as sea cows, were far too massive to be lifted, so they gave them water.
Marcelo Clavijo posted on Facebook that he and his friends were getting restless holed up waiting for Hurricane Irma to arrive, so they made a decision to explore the area Sunday afternoon one last time before the storm hits.
Local Floridian, Marcelo Clavejo, was feeling restless because of the storm and happened to check out the bay when he noticed the helpless manatees..
Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded
He and his buddies, along with two sheriff's deputies, "ended up saving two manatees", Clavijo wrote on Facebook.
The manatees were stuck in the mud about 100 yards from deeper water, near Whitfield Avenue and U.S. Route 41 in Manatee County, Florida, the Bradenton Herald reported.
Clavejo said the rescue was a "pretty cool experience" and he was happy to rescue two of "manatees finest".
Gordon says it's not uncommon for the manatees to be tidally stranded and that it's better not to move them.
"We had to do something about it", said Tony Faradini-Campos of Sarasota.