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'Miracle' newborn baby rescued from South African storm drain

'Miracle' newborn baby rescued from South African storm drain

Following a nail-biting three-hour rescue mission, Garreth Jamieson of Rescue care confirmed that the little girl was alive and stable.

Police search and rescue teams, assisted by eThekwini Fire Department, Metro Police and paramedics have begun digging a trench into a stormwater drain in Newlands East on Monday to reach a newborn baby that is presumed to have been dumped.

Cllr De Boer said she has already received several requests from community members to foster or adopt the baby.

The baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain.

He immediately raised the alarm and a full rescue operation swung into action involving the police, ambulance and fire brigade in Durban, South Africa.

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He added that they can hear the baby crying and have gained access into the pipe.

Three hours after first getting the call one of the rescuers shouted up that he had the baby girl and that she was still alive and she was pulled up and out to safety. She was quickly rushed to a waiting helicopter.

She escaped with only a mild case of hypothermia and "a few minor abrasions", according to local journalist Bernadette Wilks.

She was subsequently airlifted to Albert Luthuli Central Hospital to be treated and then taken to another unnamed facility.

It is not known how the baby got there, or who the mother is.