- The Newborn ended in the depths of a long drop toilet after his mom got in labor
- The baby was lying on his side, with his face half covered in the sewage water.
- The city's K9 Search and Rescue team saved the baby in a heroic rescue
- If it had not been for the actions of the rescue team, the baby might have not survived
A pregnant woman went into labor without realizing it and her newborn ended in the dark depths of a long drop toilet in Mafakathini on Saturday.
The grandmother of the newborn boy called the city's K9 Search and Rescue team who heroically saved the life of the newborn.
According to Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson, said when the team arrived, one of the members looked down into the pit and saw the baby, still alive, at the bottom.
Ngobese also said the baby was lying on his side, with his face half covered in the sewage water.
To save the baby the team lowered one of its members, Warrant Officer Ian Cowley, down into the long drop and he walked through the raw dirt to get to the silent newborn.
After picking up the baby from the slight pit, Cowley was lifted back up by his team members.
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The baby was stabilised and immediately taken through to the neonatal intensive care unit (Nicu) at Grey’s.
Ngobese said uMgungundlovu South cluster commander Major General Phumelele Makoba congratulated the team on their quick work, and said that if it had not been for the actions of the rescue team, the baby might not have survived.