It’s what appears to be a miracle caught on camera – the moment emergency services rescued an 18-month old girl who’d been hanging upside down in a submerged car in a river for 14 hours, unconscious but alive.
Police officers in Utah working to right a four-wheel drive that had been submerged, upside-down after a crash discovered that one of the occupants – 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck – had somehow survived hours underwater in the freezing river.
“Oh my God! There’s a baby,” one of the officers can be heard saying on the video of the rescue, which was captured on body-camera.
A policeman holds her tiny body, wrapped in a pink shawl, aloft.
Lily’s mother, 25-year-old Jennifer Lyn Groesebeck, was dead in the driver’s seat.
The infant received CPR at the scene and was rushed to hospital, where doctors were able to stabilise her.
What’s even more remarkable than the rescue itself is what officers told local media later on. They all heard the a voice saying “help me”, while they were working to right the vehicle.
“Someone said ‘help me’ inside that car,” Officer Tyler Beddoes told local TV news.
Another officer, Jared Warner, said he heard it was well.
“To me, it was plain as day. I remember hearing a voice that didn’t sound like a child, just saying ‘help me.'”