Gus Hutt was planning to have a relaxing day fishing at the beach, but after what happened that day, residents of the small beach town are calling it a “freakish miracle.”
Gus was fishing on Matata Beach on North Island in New Zealand when he noticed something floating in the water nearby. As he peered into the water, he thought the object was a doll, so he waded in to get it.
As he did so, though, the “doll” let out a little squeak, and that’s when Gus realized that the object was no doll – it was a baby floating in the water!
“I thought he was a doll,” Gus recalled. “[Even as] I reached out and grabbed him by the arm, I still thought it 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.'”
Gus immediately pulled the little boy out of the water and his wife, Sue, found staff who quickly alerted emergency services and located the baby’s parents.
Apparently, the little boy had been camping on the beach with his family but had escaped the tent by undoing the zipper and made his way into the water.
The baby’s mother screamed when she found out what had happened and later thanked Gus for finding and saving her son.
Gus said he usually fishes in a different spot, but for some reason had decided to try this spot about 100 meters away. If he had been at his usual spot or gotten to this one even a minute later, he would not have seen the baby.
“He was floating at a steady pace… if I had been just a minute later, I wouldn’t have seen him,” Gus said.
“He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn’t meant to go, it wasn’t his time.”
Thankfully, Gus was there and the baby’s life was saved. A happy ending to a story that could have been a tragic one were it not for the quick actions of this life-saving fisherman.
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