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Hero dockmaster George Reeder 'in right place at right time' to rescue baby from water at Watchet harbour

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

  • Dockmaster George Reeder jumped into the sea at Watchet, Somerset, to rescue a baby in his buggy who had been blown into the water by a gust of wind

  • Martyn Stevens was euphoric to learn that son Sam was safe

  • Sam made a full recovery in hospital

  • Tanya Allen helped save Sam's life

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The heroic dockmaster who rescued a baby blown off a harbour wall in his pushchair estimated that the six-month-old was in the water for about ten minutes

George Reeder, who has worked at the marina for 11 years, said he was "just in the right place at the right time" to dive in and pull Sam to dry land.

He said: “The wind caught the buggy and it ended up in the harbour.

“I heard the commotion and jumped on the bike to cycle over. When I got there the mum was screaming and I saw the buggy floating. The tide was going out and the current was strong. It was slowly floating away, being swept out to sea. I didn’t have time to think. I just jumped in, turned the buggy over and pulled it back to the edge of the quay.

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“Then somebody threw a rope down. I tied it on and they lifted it out.

“A woman on the quayside began giving the child CPR and revived it. The baby didn’t make a sound. It was totally silent. I can’t believe it survived.

“I was just in the right place at the right time.”

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  • JaquiLethaby  |  January 29 2013, 1:25PM

    Mr Reeder is a hero of the highest order, what a marvellous man. I would like to nominate him to receive the 'Freedom of Somerset' (which, naturally needs inventing quickly)......

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