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Baby 'smiling' again after Watchet Harbour rescue

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A six-month old baby who was swept into a harbour by a freak gust of wind is recovering well in hospital.

Sam Cooper-Stevens was being pushed along in his buggy by his mother at Watchet Harbour on Sunday, when the accident happened.

The boy was pulled out of the water by harbourmaster George Reeder.

His mother, Kate Cooper, said: "He's brilliant, he's smiling, he's bouncing again, he's doing so well, we're really chuffed."

She added: "I thought he was dead, he's been under the water for far too long.

"He's fine, there's no lasting damage, because babies are so resilient, he kind of shut down and that saved his brain and all his breathing, there's no lasting effects."

'Really chuffed'

The baby is now being treated at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital where doctors have said he will make a full recovery.

As soon as the baby fell in, Ms Cooper said she had begun stripping off her clothes and was about to jump in.

Instead, her cries of help were heard by a neighbour, Tania, and Mr Reeder.

It is thought the baby spent up to five minutes in the water.

Ms Cooper said she believed the buggy helped her son survive.

"It kind of kept him floating, even though he was underwater, I could see where he was.

"I thought maybe the whole thing would sink, but it didn't. Just the fact that it was staying afloat, it was brilliant," added Ms Cooper.

Sam's father, Martyn Stevens, said the rescue had been "brilliant".

"Everyone involved, was the key factor to saving Sam's life," he said.

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