Passer-by Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Another passer-by in Maine gives the girl CPR
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2014 3:29 PM CST
Passer-by Saves Baby From Sunken Car
In this Nov. 17 photo provided by Maine State Police, an SUV rests upside down in water alongside Route 6 in Kossuth Township, Maine.   (AP Photo/Maine State Police)

Two Good Samaritans teamed up to save the life of a baby in a submerged SUV, reports AP. The rescue unfolded in Kossuth Township, Maine, when Leo Moody spotted the flipped vehicle in about 3 feet of water in a culvert. The driver and two passengers had made it to safety, but one of the passengers told Moody that her 3-month-old was in the back seat. He swam to the SUV and used his knife to cut straps holding in the car seat, then brought the child to the banks of the culvert, where another passer-by, Wayne Shorey, resuscitated the girl with CPR.

Despite being submerged for a short while and unresponsive at first, the baby was soon crying and alert, and brought to a hospital for observation, say police. The driver and passengers were treated and released for minor injuries. (It's not clear whether they were unable to try to save the baby themselves.) Moody, 44, says his hands were numb in the frigid water as he worked to free the child, and he "kept telling myself, don't drop the knife." (In Nashville, another Good Samaritan lost his life while trying to help after an accident.)

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