Newborn rescued after passerby hears her crying in a storm drain

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"I went and opened the drain and I went down and I looked".

The local community came together to help the rescue effort by donating kitchen cupboard doors to reinforce the dig site so earth and mud wouldn't collapse on the little girl, said Wilks. "Durban fire department and the police search and rescue [unit] have cleared around the pipe and are trying to reach the child".

He added that they can hear the baby crying and have gained access into the pipe. Police are now investigating how she got there.

We can hear the baby crying.

A bystander had spotted the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, said in a statement obtained by CNN.

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She was examined and rushed to a waiting helicopter before being taken to a nearby hospital for care.

A newborn baby has been rescued from a drain pipe in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Monday morning.

"Currently she is in a stable condition and the KZN EMS helicopter is now taking off to get the child to the hospital", said McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie said when rescuers first arrived she was around 6ft down the drown but was then washed about 18ft further down the 1ft diameter drain. After she was extricated, she was airlifted to hospital.

The baby, who was found with her umbilical cord intact, was believed to be between one and three days old.

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