A Holiday Camper, Gus Hut was out fishing on the North Island of New Zealand, when he noticed what he thought was a doll floating in the ocean.
What he believed to be a doll turned out to be 18-month old toddler, Malachi Reeve who he had found alive in a rescue described as a ‘freakish miracle’.
Only when the boy let out a squeak did the Fisherman recognise it was a baby.
The boy had escaped from his parent’s tent and ended up in the ocean.
Mr Hut told reporters, “His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down, but then and he let out a little squeak and I thought ‘oh God this is a baby and it’s alive’.”
Mother of the toddler, Jessica Whyte says it felt like a ‘nightmare’ when she discovered her young son was missing and that her heart had stopped beating.
She was woken by the camp manager at Matata Beach to the news her son had been found floating in the sea.
“He was floating at a steady pace with a rip in the water. If I hadn’t been there, or if I had just been a minute later I wouldn’t have seen him,” said Hutt.
“He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn’t meant to go; it wasn’t his time.”
It was pure luck that Mr Hutt had been fishing there to save the boy.
Rebecca Salter, the co-owner of Murphy’s Holiday Camp told the BBC: “Apparently the baby had been very excited to be on the beach. It was the couple’s first night staying here. It’s the first time they’ve been here.
The baby had escaped from his parents’ tent by undoing the zipper, and then made his way into the ocean.
“It came as a shock to everyone. It was a very, very lucky result… it could have been a very tragic incident,” said Mrs Salter. “It’s a freakish miracle.”
Source: The Mirror