Menu
News

Hero dad dives into harbour after daughter falls in

The family went to Auckland City Hospital by ambulance.
The family went to Auckland City Hospital by ambulance. Photo - Chris Loufte

A BRAVE dad plunged into Auckland Harbour last night to save his 3-year-old daughter after she fell.

The toddler tumbled off North Wharf, on Wynyard Quarter, shortly before 9pm.

Seconds later, the child's father and distraught mother - who was screaming "my baby, my baby" - dived off the wharf in a bid to save the girl.

The woman hurt her feet as she jumped into the water.

St John's Ambulance shift supervisor Bryan Dittmer told the Herald on Sunday it was understood she struck a moored boat on the way down.

The child, who was submerged, was rescued by the heroic actions of her father.

Police Coastal Master Garry Larsen said it was a miracle the girl survived.

"We're very lucky we're not dealing with something more serious," he said.

After rescuing his daughter, the man carried her back to the safety of North Wharf.

But her hurt mother was unable to get back on to the dock because of her injuries.

She was ultimately rescued by crew on a police boat, and, with her daughter and husband, was ferried back to the Police Maritime base at Mechanics Bay before being taken to Auckland City Hospital.

Larsen said it appeared the family was on a walk when the near-tragedy occurred.

"The child slipped and fell into the water and her parents went into the water after her," said Larsen.

"It was a lucky escape," he said. "They were just walking around and things happened very quickly."

It is understood the family were tourists from Europe.

Alpa Bandari was having dinner at a nearby restaurant when she heard a woman scream, "my baby, my baby".

"Everyone started gathering around and a woman jumped in the water to try to save the little girl," she said.

"Then there was another guy sitting at one of the tables who ran over and dived straight in and got the little girl out."

Bandari didn't realise the man was the girl's father. "It was really brave," she said. "I wanted to cheer but I didn't want to be the odd one out."

The family declined to comment on their ordeal last night.

- Herald on Sunday

 

Topics:  children child safety editors picks fall


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Region faces wild wind

DESTROYED: Half of the roof of the Moranbah home was ripped off from the 104km/h wind.

Moranbah residents say weather is worse than the cyclone.

Heroic rescue saves life

CLOSE CALL: Leslie Cruthers and Buddha at the spot the playful pup fell into the Nogoa River.

Kayakers rush to save dog walker clinging to riverbank.

National super star at age 13

Competing in Rotorua, New Zealand earlier this year.

Dingo local takes on international motocross competition.

Local Partners