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Durban rescuers dig trench to save newborn stuck in a drain

12 February 2019

This was the site where emergency services conducted a harrowing three-hour rescue of a newborn baby girl with the placenta still attached, who had been trapped down the drain.

Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home at Newlands East, north of Durban, on the country's east coast.

Paramedics attend to the baby girl after she was rescued.

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

Medics said she may be suffering from hypothermia but otherwise appeared unhurt.

Cllr De Boer said some residents told her that they heard the baby crying as early as 1am and thought it was cats mating. "The whole community is elated that she has been rescued", she said.

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).

Doctor Timothy Hardcastle treats a baby in hospital after she was rescued from a storm water pipe in Durban, South Africa, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

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

Durban rescuers dig trench to save newborn stuck in a drain