Dock master hailed as a hero for saving baby

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A HEROIC dock master dived into freezing cold waters to rescue a six-month -old baby boy yesterday after the infant’s buggy was blown in by strong winds.

The child, who was strapped in the buggy, was swept into the water as his mother walked alongside the harbour in Watchet, Somerset at 8am.

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 was revived by a passerby who administered CPR, before being taken to hospital, where he is now thought to be out of intensive care.

Mr Reeder said: “I don’t know exactly how he went in, but 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.”