Durban rescuers dig trench to save newborn stuck in a drain


"I thought no, it sounds like a kitty cat and I looked further down and saw it was a baby", said Lovedale.

A baby is recovering in hospital after workers spent three hours rescuing it from a storm drain in Durban, South Africa.

The infant was airlifted from the scene and is being treated at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Rescuers were able to make their way down the drain pipes and locate the baby. The newborn, believed to be between one and three days old, was rescued after a three-hour rescue mission.

Emergency services had to dig down to the pipe where the baby was trapped, before cutting the pipe and carefully extracting the baby.

He added that they can hear the baby crying and have gained access into the pipe. She is basically stable enough for transfer to one of the base hospitals where they can sort out the social side.

'Police will now be trying to investigate the circumstances that led to the baby being in the drain in the first place and will also be trying to trace the mother, ' he said.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said: "It's good news for the ending of this rescue today".