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Coastguard rescues 10-month-old baby left to drift 1km out to sea

David Kearns

Published 03/07/2015 | 16:27

A ten-month-old baby was rescued after she was left to float nearly 1km out to sea in an inflatable toy.
A ten-month-old baby was rescued after she was left to float nearly 1km out to sea in an inflatable toy.

A ten-month-old baby was rescued after she was left to float nearly 1km out to sea in an inflatable toy.

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The Turkish coastguard were forced to mount a dramatic rescue of toddler Melda Ilgın after beachgoers were unable to reach her due to the strong tide.

Turkish coastguard rescuing baby Melda Ilgin Credit: Anadolu Agency (Getty Images)
Turkish coastguard rescuing baby Melda Ilgin Credit: Anadolu Agency (Getty Images)

The parents of the ten-month-old baby told Turkey’s BGN News they had forgotten they had left her in the water.

They did not realise what had happened to Melda until other sunbathers saw the child drifting out to sea.

Other people at beach tried to reach the infant but the current was too strong and they called the coast guard

Melda Ilgin on her mother's lap after being saved Credit: Anadolu Agency (Getty Images)
Melda Ilgin on her mother's lap after being saved Credit: Anadolu Agency (Getty Images)

"The Ilgın family went to the public beach in the town of Küçükkuyu on Friday, where they placed young Melda on a flotation device and left her in the water nearby," reported BGN News.

“However, between strong northern winds and the family’s lack of attention, the young girl quickly began floating off into the open sea in the direction of the Greek island of Lesbos."

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