When rescuers arrived, they discovered that the child, a little girl, was actually inside the concrete pipe, and set upon digging her out.
"I went and opened the drain and I went down and I looked".
Rising Sun Overport reports that Rescue Care paramedics together with Metro Search and Rescue and the eThekwini Fire Department worked fervently on the corner of Barracuda Road and Herring Circle in Newlands East to rescue the infant.
The team confirmed that a baby girl was stuck and was being washed further down the pipe. Police are now investigating how she got there.
In the video posted on social media, the community can be heard cheering as the little one is lifted out of the ground crying and kicking.
A bystander had spotted the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, said in a statement obtained by CNN. "A helicopter is inbound to transport the baby to a nearby hospital as soon as possible", said Jamieson.
The baby was washed six metres down the storm water drain.
Her cries were first noticed by a passer-by.
"She has been awake, responsive and crying", Hardcastle said of her current condition. The newborn, believed to be between one and three days old, was rescued after a three-hour rescue mission.
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