New Zealand baby saved from ocean
ANEW Zealand baby was plucked from the ocean as he floated past a fisherman in a rescue hailed as “miraculous” by water safety experts, who warned the accident could easily have ended in tragedy.
Gus Hutt was preparing for an early morning fish when he saw what appeared to be a doll bobbing past him in a rip current at Matata Beach in the North Island’s Bay of Plenty.
“I thought he was just a doll,” Hutt told the Whakatane Beacon of the incident on October 26. “So I reached out and grabbed him by the arm, even then I still thought it was just a doll.
“His face looked just like porcelain, with his short hair wetted down, but then he let out a little squeak and I thought ‘oh God this is a baby and it’s alive’.”
It turned out the “doll” was 18month-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.
Hutt, a local, said he was about to cast off about 100m from his normal spot on the shoreline when the object floated by.
“He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn’t meant to go. It wasn’t his time,” he said.
Malachi’s parents were alerted and rushed to the camp reception where the baby was returned.