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Incredible moment newborn baby is pulled alive from a storm drain in South Africa

This is the incredible moment a newborn baby was pulled alive from a storm drain in South Africa after a passer-by heard the girl screaming.

Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home north of Durban, on the country’s east coast.

Emergency crews spent three hours trying to reach the infant, who was lodged some 23ft down the drain. 

Incredible footage has emerged of the moment a newborn baby was pulled alive from a storm drain in South Africa

Incredible footage has emerged of the moment a newborn baby was pulled alive from a storm drain in South Africa

Incredible footage has emerged of the moment a newborn baby was pulled alive from a storm drain in South Africa

Firefighters in Newlands East had located the pipe and had to dig down to reach it amid reports that the baby could be heard crying.  

A rescuer can be heard shouting ‘stand clear’ moments before the naked baby emerged.

Video circulating online in South Africa then shows the moment she was gently lifted out and wrapped up in a towel held by a woman at ground level while locals cheered.

Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home north of Durban, on the country's east coast

Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home north of Durban, on the country's east coast

Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home north of Durban, on the country’s east coast

The infant appeared to be in good health and was taken to a waiting helicopter ahead of a transfer to hospital.

South African reports did not immediately explain how the newborn had ended up in the drain. 

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