Baby blown into Watchet Harbour water by gust of wind
- 28 January 2013
- From the section Somerset
A baby boy has been rescued by fishermen and a marina dock master after his pushchair was blown into the water by a gust of wind, police said.
The six-month-old was swept into the water at Watchet Harbour, Somerset, at 08:00 GMT on Sunday.
Avon and Somerset Police said he was airlifted to hospital for treatment.
A force spokesman said the condition of the baby was no longer believed to be life-threatening.
Dock master George Reeder said he dashed to the water's edge after hearing screaming and saw the child's upturned pushchair in the water.
The 63-year-old said: "The mother was there and she said 'my baby has gone in the water', so I went to the edge and I could see the pushchair upside down, floating away.
"I just jumped in and pulled the pushchair back over to the edge of the quay and then somebody put a rope down and I tied it on and they lifted it out.
"As far as I know, what the police told me was that the wind blew the buggy in."
He added: "The baby was still in the pushchair, it was very cold, it is amazing really because he must have been in there for a good five minutes under the water.
"They pulled up the pushchair and a lady started doing CPR, and then the Coastguard came, and the ambulance and the police, so I backed out the way."
Mr Reeder said the child's grandfather told him later that he was out of intensive care.
He said: "The poor mother, she'll probably never get over something like that, it's your worst nightmare."
A police spokesman said: "It is believed a gust of wind blew the buggy with the child in it into the water."