Baby rescued from stormwater drain in Durban

Paramedics rescue a newborn girl from a drain in Newlands East Durban on 11 February 2019

Paramedics rescue a newborn girl from a drain in Newlands East Durban on 11 February 2019

Hardcastle, the chief trauma specialist at the hospital, said the little girl was healthy and in good spirits, besides having mild hypothermia on arrival.

Emergency crews spent three hours trying to reach the infant, who was lodged some 23ft down the drain. "Durban fire department and the police search and rescue [unit] have cleared around the pipe and are trying to reach the child".

The baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain.

Cllr De Boer said some residents told her that they heard the baby crying as early as 1am and thought it was cats mating.

The operation lasted for almost three hours and the little one was pulled out alive and well.

It is reported that the baby was flown to a nearby hospital.

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Local PR councillor, Shontel De Boer, who was also at scene this morning said witnessing the rescue mission was a "chilling" experience as everyone was hoping that the baby was alive.

Rescue Care spokesman, Garrith Jamieson said the baby was stuck quite a deep way down the stormwater pipes.

Police are investigating the matter.

Mr McKenzie said when rescuers first arrived she was around 6ft down the drown but was then washed about 18ft further down the 1ft diameter drain.

She's been airlifted to hospital and is in a stable condition. "The community was very helpful and supportive which we are also grateful for".

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