Dramatic rescue of baby underway in Durban

The dramatic rescue of an apparent newborn is underway in Durban after passers-by heard the child's cries on Monday morning, paramedic services have said.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said emergency services were on the scene in Newlands East on the corner of Barracuda Road and Herring Way.

"The baby is trapped in a storm water drain. We can hear the baby crying. Durban fire department and the police search and rescue [unit] have cleared around the pipe and are trying to reach the child."

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He added that an Air Mercy helicopter was en route to hastily transport the child to hospital.

More to follow.