Dozens of people from federal and state agencies on Tuesday rescued a 10-foot-long manatee trapped in the perilously cold water of Trinity Bay, hundreds of miles from its Florida home. Garrett flew in late Monday night to guide the rescue operation for the manatee, a member of an endangered species. The slow pace of the rescue operation left more than two dozen staff and volunteers standing in the cold themselves. The manatee apparently failed to head back to his winter home in Florida in time to avoid the cooling Texas water, so he holed up next to a warm water outlet coming from the NRG Cedar Bayou plant. With one eye on the weather forecast, experts had rushed in from Sea World San Antonio, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to put together the emergency plan. "The biggest challenge, aside from the sheer size of the animal, was the cold water, but they stuck it out for the manatee," said Heidi Whitehead, operations coordinator at the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
The next day, he read a newspaper article about a group of soldiers who stashed a bottle of wine for the last surviving soldier to drink in toast to the others.
"In 2000, we raised $8 million" for the movie, which was to star Heston as Capt. John "Eagle Eye" Pennell, a World War II veteran who travels across the country to reunite with his former B-17 crew mates so they can make good on a pact they made in 1944.
Brinkman shelved his dream of making "Last Man Club" and moved to Africa, where he performed humanitarian work, said the movie's associate producer, Liz Graham.
The VFW donated use of the facility to the movie's production company because of the script's positive depiction of veterans, said post commander Bob Hansen.