New Zealand fisherman rescues 18-month-old baby from ocean in 'freakish miracle'
A New Zealand fisherman pulled an 18-month-old baby from the sea after he escaped from his parentsâ tent during a camping trip.
Gus Hutt was fishing on Matata Beach on North Island on 26 October in the early morning when he spotted the baby floating near his line.
âAs he floated past I thought he was just a doll,â Mr Hutt told the NZ Herald. â[Even as] I reached out and grabbed him by the arm, I still thought it was a doll.â
He said the child looked like porcelain and his short wet hair was stuck to his face.
âHe let out a little squeak and I thought, âOh God this is a baby and itâs aliveâ.â
Mr Hutt said had he checked his line a minute later he would not have seen him.
âHe was bloody lucky, but he just wasnât meant to go; it wasnât his time,â he said.