Rescue teams have begun digging a trench into a stormwater drain in Newlands East on Monday to reach a newborn baby that is presumed to have been dumped.
Footage shows rescuers lifting the tiny child to safety after digging down to a pipe and cutting through it near a home at Newlands East, north of Durban, on the country's east coast.
The baby was found to be suffering from mild hypothermia when she was freed.
Cllr De Boer said some residents told her that they heard the baby crying as early as 1am and thought it was cats mating.More news: Cardi B disappears from Instagram after Grammys win
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The baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain. The newborn, believed to be between one and three days old, was rescued after a three-hour rescue mission. She is basically stable enough for transfer to one of the base hospitals where they can sort out the social side.
Rescue Care said the circumstances leading to the baby ending up in the drain were still unknown.Police were investigating the matter, South African media reported.
He added:' It is great news she has been rescued and she is now in a stable condition so a great ending for all the rescuers and personnel and paramedics who did this.