Thursday, 5 June 2014

Pictured: Dramatic Moment Mother Tries To Rescue Baby After Her Rram Rolled into River

Moment mother rescues baby after pram rolls into river
The child’s mother jumped in after the buggy rolled into the River Exe at Exeter Quay, Devon, on Sunday during the British Dragon Boat Racing Association even
This is the dramatic moment a young mother desperately tried to rescue her baby after a pushchair rolled into a river.
The unnamed woman is seen in the image, taken during the dragon boat race at the River Exe, Exeter Quay, Devon, dragging the pram to safety along with three quick-thinking passers-by who had also jumped in to help.
The child, believed to be a one-year-old girl who was strapped into the pushchair, is seen in the picture with her head above water and arms flailing either side to keep herself afloat.
Victor Martinez, 51, who lives in London, was one of the passers-by who leapt into action after seeing the buggy roll into the River Exe.

PIC: APEX 04/06/2014 This is the dramatic moment a baby was rescued from a river after its pram fell into the water. The child's mother jumped in after the buggy rolled into the River Exe at Exeter Quay, Devon, on Sunday during the British Dragon Boat Racing Association event. The baby is not thought to have suffered serious injuries in the incident thanks to several of the dragon boat rowers who jumped in to help the mother. Witnesses said the mother and child were sat watching the event when the buggy rolled into the water. The Dragon Boat heroes who saved a baby from drowning have been named as Stuart Menzies and Vic Martinez sr & Andy Travers.  A spokesman for The British Dragon Boat Racing Association said: "There was some serious additional drama when a pram complete with small child strapped in ended up falling into the river at The Quay.  "Thanks to some quick thinking by Stuart Menzies, Vic Martinez sr and Andy Travers of Raging Dragons who jumped in to rescue the child and pram, it had a happy ending with the child seemingly ending up without a scratch, though a little wet." ** SEE STORY BY APEX NEWS - 01392 823144 ** ---------------------------------------------------- APEX NEWS & PICTURES NEWS DESK: 01392 823144 PICTURE DESK: 01392 823145
The other two are believed to be Stuart Mensies and Andy Travers, who were taking part in the boat race.
Mr Martinez dived in when he saw the child in the water and swam underneath the pram after it began sinking to push it back to the surface.
He said: ‘I was standing on the side with other members of my team – The Raging Dragons – when I heard a deafening scream.
At first I wondered why the woman was so worried about a pram, but then I saw the baby girl’s arms flailing on both sides of the buggy.
‘I didn’t think about it, I just ran and dived straight in the water. I think I hit the water at the same time as the buggy. I didn’t think twice.’
He added: ‘It was getting heavier and heavier, and me and my teammate Stuart Menzies, who jumped in after me, were struggling to push it up.’
‘I thought about unstrapping the baby but I just kept thinking we have to get her to the surface quickly.
‘We managed to get her to the top and I was struggling to keep the buggy at the surface when I saw the girl’s face for the first time – she was screaming and crying but I looked into her eyes which were full of river water and just thought that she wasn’t going to drown today.
‘I think seeing her face gave me the extra push and we managed to get the pram to the wall.’
The little girl was wrapped up in some spare clothes after the rescue and is believed to have made a full recovery.
(Picture: Street View)
Exeter Quay where the buggy rolled into the water (Picture: Street View)

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