NZ fisherman rescues 18-month-old boy

November 5, 2018

A New Zealand fisherman has rescued an 18-month-old boy from the ocean, in an incident described as a “freakish miracle”.

A holiday camper staying on Matata Beach on North Island, was fishing when he spotted a small figure floating in the water.

He first thought it was a doll and only realised it was a child after he “let out a little squeak”.

The boy had escaped from his parents’ tent and ended up in the ocean.

Gus Hutt told local outlet the NZ Herald, “I thought he was a doll. Even as I reached out and grabbed him by the arm, I still thought it was a doll. His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down, but then he let out a little squeak and I thought, ‘oh God, this is a baby and it’s alive’.”

The local Police had confirmed that they attended the emergency, adding that the baby was now “okay”.