Turkish coast guard rescues baby floating out to sea

Ten month old infant rescued in Turkey after being swept nearly 800m out to sea

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Turkish coast guard rescued Melda Ilgin, a 10-month-old baby who was swept out to sea by strong winds while atop her inflatable crib at a beach in Ayvacik, Canakkale on Friday.

The infant’s mother and onlookers were petrified as she drifted out almost 800m from the shore while still seated in her yellow inflatable.

A lifesaver from the Turkish coast guard boat jumped into the water and saved the infant by carrying her back to the boat, to reunite her with her mother.

The incident happened just after the child was placed in her flotation toy by the family when they initially arrived at the beach.

They suddenly realised that the child was not where they left her, and she was sighted rapidly moving further out, towards the Greek island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea.

Some attempted to save the child by swimming towards her, but the wind kept pushing her further away. The Turkish coast guard team was then called to the scene.

When baby Melda was found, she was sitting in her floatie unharmed.

Her mother was relieved when the infant was rescued and brought back to shore.

The family then departed the beach after receiving the baby.

Onlookers applauded as she was rescued and brought back.


TRTWorld and agencies