Dramatic rescue of baby underway in Durban

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Local PR councillor, Shontel De Boer, who was also at scene this morning said witnessing the rescue mission was a "chilling" experience as everyone was hoping that the baby was alive.

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. In the video posted on social media, the community can be heard cheering as the little one is lifted out of the ground crying and kicking.

"Rescue workers are busy trying to get to the baby at the moment", said Rescue Care's operations director, Garrith Jamieson.

Jamieson said the baby was only a few hours old, as her umbilical cord had still been attached when she was pulled from the drain pipe.

Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by. "Rescue efforts are underway try to rescue it", he said.

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Robert Mckenzie, KZN EMS spokesman, said the baby girl had been washed around five metres down the pipe (which is around six centimetres in diameter).

Emergency crews spent three hours trying to reach the infant, who was lodged some 23ft down the drain.

Others have also been saying that the mother of the baby should not be judged because no one knows her circumstances.

The baby was safely transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital.

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