New Zealand fisherman saves 18-month-old baby boy from the ocean wandered away from parents

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‘If it was a minute later I wouldn’t have seen him’: New Zealand fisherman miraculous saves 18-month-old baby boy floating in the ocean

  • A toddler was rescued from the sea by a fisherman off a New Zealand coast
  • Malachi Reeve, who is only 18-months old, wandered off while his parents slept
  • He was found cold and purple, floating in  the water by fisherman Gus Hutt
  • The child’s mother  is urging parents to be vigilant while camping this summer

Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia



A toddler has been miraculously rescued from the sea after he wandered away when his parents fell asleep in a tent.

Fisherman Gus Hutt thought 18-month-old Malachi Reeve was a doll when he saw his small body floating in the water at Matata Beach, near Whakatane on New Zealand‘s north island.

It wasn’t until Malachi let out a squeak that Mr Hutt knew he was alive. 

Fisherman Gus Hutt thought 18-month-old Malachi Reeve was a doll when he saw his small body floating in the water at Matata Beach, near Whakatane (pictured) on the east coast of New Zealand's north island

Fisherman Gus Hutt thought 18-month-old Malachi Reeve was a doll when he saw his small body floating in the water at Matata Beach, near Whakatane (pictured) on the east coast of New Zealand's north island

Fisherman Gus Hutt thought 18-month-old Malachi Reeve was a doll when he saw his small body floating in the water at Matata Beach, near Whakatane (pictured) on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island

‘If I hadn’t been there, or if I had just been a minute later I wouldn’t have seen him. He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn’t meant to go; it wasn’t his time,’ Mr Hutt told Stuff.

Malachi’s family had been staying at Murphy’s Holiday Camp on October 26 when the small boy unzipped the tent and walked to the beach around 7am without waking his parents.

His mum, Jessica Whyte was woken half an hour later to the camp manager informing her that Malachi had been rescued from the sea.

When they were reunited the toddler was cold and purple.

‘It was horrible in between hearing that and seeing him. I don’t think my heart [beat] from hearing that to seeing him. I don’t think my heart worked.

‘It was scary but he was breathing, he was alive.’

Ms Whyte has warned parents to ensure their tents are fully zipped to avoid any similar incidents this summer.

Malachi's family had been staying at Murphy's Holiday Camp on October 26 when the small boy unzipped the tent and walked to the beach around 7am without waking his parents

Malachi's family had been staying at Murphy's Holiday Camp on October 26 when the small boy unzipped the tent and walked to the beach around 7am without waking his parents

Malachi’s family had been staying at Murphy’s Holiday Camp on October 26 when the small boy unzipped the tent and walked to the beach around 7am without waking his parents

 

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