Saturday 17 March 2018

Rescuer plucks baby from river after pram rolls in

A rescuer plucked a four-month-old girl from a river after her pram rolled in.

David Atkinson, 46, jumped into a river in England and pulled the baby from the water after hearing her mother's screams for help.

Mr Atkinson was joined in the rescue by two other men on Thursday morning.

The 31-year-old mother was pushing her daughter in a pram near Lendal Bridge, York, when she stopped to fasten the coat of her other child. As she helped the child with her coat, the pram rolled into the river.

Mr Atkinson, who was cycling home, stopped and leapt into the river, pulling the pram and child to safety. Police believe he almost certainly saved the baby's life.

He said: ''It felt like it was in slow motion - like something out of a film. I was so scared.

''I ran and tried to grasp the handles of the pram, but couldn't and it went into the water. I thought there is nothing else to do but jump in after her.

''Yes, I was scared, but I had to try. Luckily she wasn't under long. I then just gave the mum a hug - she was so upset. I think I said something daft like 'just make sure she has a good life'.

Police said the mother, who has not been named, was shaken and upset by the incident but the child suffered no harm as a result of the incident.

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