Dramatic rescue of baby underway in Durban

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Paramedics attend to the baby girl after she was rescued.

"The baby is trapped in a storm water drain".

The mood in Newlands East is bitter-sweet this afternoon following the miraculous discovery and safe rescuing of a newborn baby girl, who was found in a storm water drain, this morning.

Authorities were called out to the scene at the corner of Herring Circle and Barracuda Rd early on Monday after people walking by heard the baby cry.

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

Mr McKenzie said when rescuers first arrived she was around 6ft down the drown but was then washed about 18ft further down the 1ft diameter drain. "The whole community is elated that she has been rescued", she said.

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Emergency services had to dig down to the pipe where the baby was trapped, before cutting the pipe and carefully extracting the baby, said Robert Mckenzie, KZN EMS spokesperson.

It took emergency workers several hours to get to her.

Rescue Care spokesman, Garrith Jamieson said the baby was stuck quite a deep way down the stormwater pipes.

"They have been calling me to find out how does one get to adopt the miracle baby", she said.

The baby was safely transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital.

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