Six-month-old baby rescued from freezing waters after buggy is blown in by strong winds
Published 28/01/2013 | 08:33
A six-month old baby boy has been rescued from freezing water by a dock master after his buggy was blown in by a gust of wind as his mother walked through a harbour
The infant was trapped under water for around five minutes and had to be resuscitated by a passer-by following the incident in Watchet Harbour, Somerset, England on Sunday.
Marina dock master George Reeder, 63, initially thought a dog had fallen in after hearing screams for help from the baby's mother, named locally as Kate Stevens, but was horrified to see the pushchair upturned in the water.
He dived into the 12-feet deep choppy water and pulled the pushchair to the wall, before a member of the public helped attach a rope and haul it to dry land.
The baby was revived by a passer-by who administered CPR before being airlifted to Musgrove Hospital in Taunton, Somerset, where he is now out of intensive care.
Mr Reeder, who has worked at the marina for 11 years, said he heard screaming from a couple of hundred yards away before jumping on his bike to see what had happened.
He said: "They were on the West Pier, where you walk up to the lighthouse, some way away, but the noise travels and I could hear screaming from a woman.
"The mother was there and she said 'my baby has gone in the water', so I went to the edge and I could see the pushchair upside down, floating away.
"I just jumped in and pulled the pushchair back over to the edge of the quay, and then somebody put a rope down over and I tied it on and they lifted it out.
"As far as I know, what the police told me was that the wind blew the buggy in."
Mr Reeder said it was "amazing" that the baby survived.
A local member of the Coastguard took over the CPR from the woman and Mr Reeder said the baby started to take in breaths.
He said: "You could his little mouth opening and taking in a breath and that's when I thought it's OK, he's going to be OK."
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said police were called to the harbour in Watchet at 8.17am on Sunday.
He confirmed the baby is now out of intensive care and said he was "safe and well".
By Alice Philipson, and Melanie Hall Telegraph