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Workmen save baby after wind blows pram into river

2015-02-15 00:24:37

River Severn
Freak accident: The tot was being push alongside the River Severn

A grandmother watched in horror as her six month old baby granddaughter was blown into a river in her pram by a freak gust of wind.

The tot was being pushed along a towpath beside the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shrops., this morning when she was flung into the water.

Three council workmen heard the grandmother's screams for help and two dived into the river to rescue the baby.

The third man helped haul the baby out of the weir before all three gave the infant first aid.

Remarkably, the baby was unharmed but was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Scare: The infant was unharmed but was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution

Inspector Paul Mathison, of West Mercia Police, said: "Were it not for their quick thinking and brave actions this incident could have ended in tragedy."

A message on the Shrewsbury Town Council website read: "So proud of our staff - we're letting the lads get over the shock this afternoon."

The baby was blown into the river just yards from the weir in the Castlefields area of the town.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "On arrival crews discovered a baby girl who had reportedly fallen into the river. "Bystanders had already rescued the baby from the water prior to our arrival.

"Crews treated the baby for the effects of hypothermia before transferring her to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment."

Source: mirror.co.uk

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