Durban rescuers dig trench to save newborn stuck in a drain

Baby rescued in Durban

Baby rescued in Durban

Emergency crews spent three hours trying to reach the infant, who was lodged some 23ft down the drain.

"Durban fire department has been down the manhole and has visuals of the actual baby quite far down the pipe".

Lyron Lovdale climbed down inside the drain when he realised the noise might be a baby crying and shone a light into the pipe and saw the naked new born.

The group said emergency responders went to the scene on Monday (local time) after residents heard a baby crying from deep inside the concrete storm drain.

She was examined and rushed to a waiting helicopter before being taken to a nearby hospital for care.




The baby was found to be suffering from mild hypothermia when she was freed.

"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. Rescuers believe the girl, who is thought to be between one and three days old, was washed 10 to 15 feet down the drain after being "dumped", according to the ABC.

Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by. After she was extricated, she was airlifted to hospital. "The community was very helpful and supportive which we are also grateful for".

"This matter will have to be investigated, to find the parents", he added.

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