The actress and her children watch it all happen from their waterside dock

By People Staff
Updated February 23, 2010 10:22 PM

It wasn’t a typical weekend for actress Rosie O’Donnell and her family, who witnessed quite a heroic act just outside their Miami home. A manatee, apparently injured, showed up off their waterside property and required help. Boats from both the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and State Law Enforcement pulled up, and divers got to work, swimming out to the struggling creature and pulling it onto a rescue vessel. O’Donnell seemed to comfort her children as they watched, keeping a low profile throughout the mission.

Here’s hoping the big guy makes a speedy recovery!