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Thursday 8 December 2016

Every parent's worst nightmare - Fire crews rescue seven-week-old baby trapped in car

A mother was reunited with her baby yesterday after the child became locked in her car
A mother was reunited with her baby yesterday after the child became locked in her car

It's every parent's worst fear - their child trapped beyond their reach.

This was the moment when the mother of a seven-week-old baby realised she could not get into her car where her child was locked in.

During frantic scenes in the car park of Tesco in Portstewart yesterday the desperate mother called the Fire Service to help her reach her baby.

A team of five firefighters along with members of the public attempted to gain access to the white Audi where the baby was trapped.

They broke into the car through a rear quarterlight window, but it took some time to reach the keys, which had fallen onto the floor of the vehicle.

They were eventually retrieved using a piece of bent wire.

Group Commander Mark Smith of the NI Fire and Rescue Service said: "One appliance - with a crew of five - attended the incident at Tesco in Portstewart, where a seven-week-old baby had become trapped inside her mother's car.

"The keys had fallen inside the vehicle, and when the door was closed, the security system had activated the locks.

"We were able to release the door - and we're delighted to have been able to reunite the baby with her mother."

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