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Baby blown into Watchet Harbour water in 'split second'

Martyn Stevens
Image caption Martyn Stevens praised everybody involved in the rescue of his son

The father of a baby boy who was saved after his pushchair was blown into water at a harbour by a gust of wind said he fell in a "split second".

Six-month-old Sam Cooper-Stevens was swept into the water at Watchet Harbour, Somerset, on Sunday.

His father Martyn Stevens ran to the scene from his house 500 yards away as harbourmaster George Reeder pulled the boy out of the water.

Mr Stevens said everybody involved in the rescue had been "brilliant".

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Media captionGeorge Reeder tells 5 live how he saved a baby from the icy sea

Harbourmaster Mr Reeder jumped into the water after Sam's mother Kate Cooper raised the alarm.

The pram, with Sam still strapped inside, was pulled back up the harbour after a rope was lowered.

The boy was then resuscitated after spending up to five minutes in the water.

'Pretty amazing'

"The temperature of the water... and the pram is probably what saved him," said Mr Stevens.

He added that the medical staff at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, where the boy was treated, had been "pretty amazing".

Image caption Sam was in the water for up to five minutes

"I want to say thank you to everyone that helped out," he added.

"The response of everyone was amazing and I don't think you can get any better than that. It goes to show Watchet is a great place."

Mr Stevens said Sam looked "angry" in hospital because of all of the tubes attached to him but was otherwise doing well.

"When I left last night he was 90% better than he was," he said.

"Within two hours he was reacting to everything and the doctors came running to see him do that."

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