Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Baby rescued from stormwater drain in Durban

Baby rescued from stormwater drain in Durban

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

The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe.

Passerbys are believed to have heard the baby's cries and alerted authorities on Monday morning.

Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home at Newlands East, north of Durban, on the country's east coast.

Rescue workers worked for three hours to save the baby girl, who had been washed five metres down a drain pipe. Rescue Care Paramedics spokesman, Garrith Jamieson, said he spoke to the trauma doctor at the hospital and reported that the baby girl is doing very well.

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

McKenzie said police are on the scene to investigate the circumstances that lead to baby being in the drain.

"Currently she is in a stable condition and the KZN EMS helicopter is now taking off to get the child to the hospital", said McKenzie. After she was extricated, she was airlifted to hospital.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said: "It's good news for the ending of this rescue today".

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