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Sunday, 18 Nov 2018

Amazing, a baby from New Zealand rescued from sea by a fisherman

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News24xx.com -  Amazing, a baby from New Zealand was saved after he plucked from the ocean. At that time he floated on the water and past a fisherman. The fisherman, Gus Hutt was preparing to fishing for an early morning when he saw what appeared to be a doll bobbing past him in a current at Matata Beach in the North Island's Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Hutt said that he had altered his usual routine and was about to cast off about 100 meters (110 yards) from his normal spot on the shoreline when the object floated by.

"He was floating at a steady pace with a rip in the water. If I hadn't been there, or if I had just been a minute later I wouldn't have seen him," Hutt said.

Initially, he though that it just a doll. Hutt told as quoted from the Whakatane Beacon of the incident on October 26. "Initially, I thought he was just a doll. So I reached out and grabbed him by the arm." He said that the baby face looked just like porcelain, with his short hair wetted down. 

"But then, he let out a little sound and I scream, oh God this is a baby and it's alive. He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn't meant to go. It wasn't his time."

It turned out the doll was 18-month-old Malachi Reeve, who had opened the zip of his sleeping parents' tent, then made his way out of a beachside campsite and into the water, where a current caught him.

The Malachi's parents were alerted and they rushed to the camp. Malachi Reeve's mom, Jessica Whyte found her boy purple, cold and looking smaller than usual. But fortunately, after treatment from paramedics he was saved and Whyte said, that her son was unaffected by his ordeal. She said the toddler had been fascinated by the sea the previous day and have woken up early to explore.

Water Safety New Zealand chief executive Jonty Mills said Malachi's case may have ended happily but it showed the dangers children face around water.

"This is a pretty miraculous survival story. It really is just a matter of luck that the fisherman was in the right place at the right time and was able to pull the child out of the water." he told AFP. 

As information, it takes less than a minute for a child to drown. And the only way to keep babies and toddlers safe around water is constant active adult supervision at all times.

 

 

 

 

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