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Cycle hero saves river plunge baby

A mystery rescuer plucked a four-month-old girl from a river after her pram rolled into the water.

Police believe the passing cyclist almost certainly saved the baby's life when he jumped into the River Ouse, in the centre of York, on Thursday morning and officers are now appealing for the "Good Samaritan" to come forward following the drama.

Officers said a 31-year-old woman was pushing her daughter in a pram near Lendal Bridge at 9.30am.

A spokesman said: "The mum stopped to fasten the coat of her other child, when the pram rolled into the river.

"The cyclist, who rode from the direction of the Aviva building, stopped and leapt into the river, pulling the pram and child to safety.

"He then rode off before the child's mother had a chance to get his name."

Sergeant Fiona Willey said: "I am urging the man to come forward as the baby's mum would like to thank him personally for his bravery.

"Although the mother is naturally shaken and upset, I am pleased to be able to report that the child suffered no harm as a result of the incident.

"The man's quick thinking and actions meant the baby was only in the water for a matter of seconds. I have no doubts that he prevented a tragic outcome to this incident.

"I ask the man or anyone who can help to identify him contact the police as soon as possible."

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