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Fisherman saves toddler from drowning at Matata Beach in New Zealand

Fisherman saves toddler from drowning at Matata Beach in New Zealand

Gus Hutt, who was vacationing at Murphy's Holiday Camp with his wife, Sue, was fishing near Matata Beach on North Island around 7 a.m. on October 26 when he says he spotted a small figure floating in the water.

He initially thought the child was a doll.

"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'".

A fisherman has saved the life of an 18-month-old boy he spotted floating in the water who he originally thought "was a doll".

Though he usually walks directly to the shoreline from Murphy's Holiday Camp site, he chose to set up his fishing poles 350 feet (100 meters) away from his normal spot on the sands.

He was there to check his fishing lines, he later explained and said he noticed something floating in the water.

"He was floating at a steady pace. if I had been just a minute later, I wouldn't have seen him", Hutt said.

'He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn't meant to go; it wasn't his time'.

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Rebecca Salter, owner of Murphy's Holiday Camp, said the child had been so excited to be on the beach that he undid the tent zip and wandered into the ocean while his parents were asleep.

Malachi's parents were alerted and rushed to the camp reception, where mother Jessica Whyte found her boy "purple, cold and looking smaller than usual". When the parents were located, the mother "screamed" when she found out her baby was rescued from the water.

Ms Whyte, from Matamata, said that her son usually sleeps to 8am but was potentially woken earlier by the sounds of the waves. "I don't think my heart worked", she told the news agency. When he later traced the baby's footprints down the beach, he said that Malachi entered the water about 15 metres away from where he had been fishing. "I must've just missed seeing him go in", Hutt said.

"It was a very, very lucky result", she said.

"It's a freakish miracle", she added.

His parents were relieved to find their child was safe, thanking the Hutts before returning home.

A police spokesman confirmed to the Herald that they attended the emergency at 7.45am and were not taking any further action in relation to the case.


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