The dramatic rescue of a newborn baby took place in Durban after passers-by heard the child’s cries on Monday morning, paramedic services reported…

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

“The baby was trapped in a storm water drain. We could hear the baby crying. Durban fire department and the police search and rescue [unit] cleared around the pipe and were able to rescue the child.”

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

Jamieson said the rescue mission started at around 8:37am and saw the baby successfully removed from the pipe at around 9:40am.

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The baby was transported by helicopter to a specialist facility in Durban for the further care she requires.

“Great work done by everyone this morning in this horrible situation,” Jamieson said.

Rescue mission for baby trapped in pipe in Durban. PHOTO: Supplied/Rescue Care Paramedics