Buggy hero tells of harbour rescue

A baby in a buggy was blown into Watchet Harbour, Somerset, and rescued by the dock master

George Reader who rescued a baby whose pushchair was blown into Watchet Marina in Somerset

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A dock master has spoken of how he dived into freezing cold waters to rescue a six-month old baby boy after his buggy was blown in by strong winds.

The infant, who was strapped in the buggy, was swept into the the water as his mother walked along Watchet Harbour, Somerset, at 8am on Sunday.

After hearing screams for help George Reeder, 63, initially thought a dog had fallen in but was horrified to see the pushchair upturned in the water.

He dived in and pulled the pushchair to the wall, before a member of the public helped attach a rope and haul it to dry land - but not before the baby had spent around five minutes in the water.

The baby, named in reports as Sam, was revived by a passer-by who administered CPR, before being taken to hospital, where he is now thought to be out of intensive care.

Mr Reeder, who has worked at the marina for 11 years, said: "The mother was there and she said 'my baby has gone in the water', so I went to the edge and I could see the pushchair upside down, floating away. I just jumped in and pulled the pushchair back over to the edge of the quay, and then somebody put a rope down over and I tied it on and they lifted it out."

Mr Reeder said it was "amazing" that the baby survived, adding: "The baby was still in the pushchair, it was very cold, it is amazing really because he must have been in there for a good five minutes, under the water."

A local member of the coastguard took over the CPR from the woman and Mr Reeder said the baby started to take in breaths. Mr Reeder said: "You could see his little mouth opening and taking in a breath and that's when I thought 'it's OK, he's going to be OK'."

Speaking to ITV's Daybreak this morning, Mr Reeder laughed at suggestions that he was a "hero", adding: "I'm just the fella that jumped in. I am just glad I could help."

Speaking at the family's home in Watchet, Sam's grandmother, Elaine Stevens, 57, told the Daily Mirror: "The doctors are not so worried about him now, but he did get some dirty water in his lungs. They are treating him for that. He's not quite out of the woods yet, but the signs are he's going to be OK."

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