Boy pulled from the ocean in NZ campsite ‘miracle’

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Gus Hutt, pictured with his wife Sue, pulled a young boy from the ocean. PIC: Troy Baker/Whakatane Beacon

A man staying at a campsite in New Zealand has rescued an 18-month-old boy from the ocean, in an incident described as a ‘freakish miracle’.

Gus Hutt was holidaying on Matata Beach on North Island when he spotted a small figure floating in the water while he was fishing early one morning.

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

It seems that the young boy had escaped from his parents’ tent and had ended up in the ocean and would have died there if it wasn’t for blind luck .

“I thought he was a doll and even when I reached out and grabbed him by the arm, I still thought it was a doll,” Mr Hutt told the New Zealand Herald. “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’.”

According to the Herald, Mr Hutt, who was staying at Murphy’s Holiday Camp, would usually head straight from the camp to fish on the beach, but decided on that day to fish at a different spot – 100 metres to the left.

After checking his fishing lines, he spotted the boy floating in the water.

“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.”

The baby had apparently escaped from his parents’ tent by undoing the zipper, and then made his way into the ocean.

The BBC reports that the baby’s mother ‘screamed’ when she was informed that her baby was found in the water. Both parents later thanked the Hutts before returning home.

Whakatane Police confirmed to the BBC that they attended the emergency, adding that the baby was now “okay”.

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One Response to Boy pulled from the ocean in NZ campsite ‘miracle’

  1. Lucky little boy
    Right time right place for him that day

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