Rescue workers worked for three hours to save the baby girl, who had been washed five metres down a drain pipe. First responders were alerted to the emergency when residents reported hearing the cries of a young baby coming from the drain.
Following a nail-biting three-hour rescue mission, Garreth Jamieson of Rescue care confirmed that the little girl was alive and stable.
"An intense rescue operation was started". Police are investigating how the newborn ended up in the storm drain.
The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe. "Our miracle baby was taken out of the drain alive, looking healthy and strong", a relieved Cox said.
Eyewitnesses at the scene described the dramatic moments they discovered the infant trapped inside the drainage system.
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Cllr De Boer said some residents told her that they heard the baby crying as early as 1am and thought it was cats mating. "I was just like 'Get this baby out!'"
After being located and extricated, the baby was flown to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital for urgent care.
"She has been awake‚ responsive and crying". "Her glucose and sugar levels are good". "The whole community is elated that she has been rescued", she said.
The baby was stabalised on scene before she was transported to hospital.
Photos of the child, posted on social media, show that she is now recovering from the ordeal.