"I went and opened the drain and I went down and I looked".
Lyron Lovdale climbed down inside the drain when he realised the noise might be a baby crying and shone a light into the pipe and saw the naked new born.
"Durban fire department has been down the manhole and has visuals of the actual baby quite far down the pipe". Police are now investigating how she got there.
Authorities were called out to the scene at the corner of Herring Circle and Barracuda Rd early on Monday after people walking by heard the baby cry.
She was examined and rushed to a waiting helicopter before being taken to a nearby hospital for care.
"We are happy that the baby was rescued and is alive", she said.
"We had to dig down, then once we reached the concrete drain, we had to chisel through it, being extra cautious with the little baby inside", said Garrith Jamieson, Operations Director at Rescue Care, a privately owned emergency medical service offering pre-hospital care to the coastal city.
The baby was found trapped inside the drain and emergency services worked to free the girl.
The baby was stabalised on scene before she was transported to hospital. The community was also very supportive and helpful which was great'.
The newborn, which doctors believe is no more than three-days-old, was freed from the drain on Monday morning after passersby heard her crying.
"This matter will have to be investigated‚ to find the parents‚" he added.
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