A New Zealand fisherman has rescued an 18-month-old boy from the ocean, in an incident described as a “freakish miracle”.
Gus Hutt, 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 baby after he “let out a little squeak”.
The boy had escaped from his parents’ tent and ended up in the ocean.
“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’.”
Mr Hutt, who was staying at Murphy’s Holiday Camp located in the coastal town of Matata, was out on a nearby beach on 26 October at about 06:15 New Zealand time (17:15GMT).
According to the Herald, Mr Hutt would usually head straight from the camp to fish on the beach, but decided on that day to fish at a different spot – 100m to the left.
After checking his fishing lines, he spotted the boy floating in the water.
“He was floating at a steady pace…if I had been just a minute later I wouldn’t have seen him,” Mr Hutt said.
“He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn’t meant to go, it wasn’t his time.”