23-month-old girl stuck in sewer for an hour

A 23-month-old South Australian girl was rescued from a drain at a property in Elizabeth East earlier today after falling and becoming trapped in a pipe.

Nayvah was playing at a friends house alongside her mother, Samantha Walkley, moments before her downfall.

“I just turned my back for two seconds and she was down the drain,” Ms Walkely said.

Nayvah, 23 months, and her mother Samantha Walkey after the little one was rescued from a sewer. (9News)
The girl was rescued from a drain at a property in Elizabeth East earlier today after falling and getting caught in a pipe.
The girl was rescued from a drain at a property in Elizabeth East earlier today after falling and getting caught in a pipe. (9News)

After several failed attempts to free her, Nayvah’s mother frantically dialed triple zero and soon after, the “wiggly” rescue mission was underway.

Ms Walkely had a bottle on hand and Nayvah’s favorite band The Wiggles played on the phone as several firefighters helped free the child.

“There was a bit of The Wiggles so we were just singing along trying to make it as calm as possible for her,” rescue firefighter Shamus Schutt said.

“We had to dig pretty deep to make sure we didn’t break the earth around her, we didn’t want to cause her any more trauma,” he said.

Rescuers sang along with the moves to help ease the child's nerves while being rescued from a drain she spent an hour stuck in.
Rescuers sang along with the tremors to help ease the child’s nerves while being rescued from a drain she spent an hour stuck in. (9News)

Teamwork enabled Nayvah to find her mother in less than an hour.

“We managed to break the pipe where we could put an arm in the pipe and twist his leg to get out of the S-bend,” said Metropolitan Fire Station officer Andy Dunt.

It was an agonizing ordeal for Nayvah’s mother, unsure of the injuries her daughter may have suffered as a result of the fall.

“I was a little stressed because she can’t talk yet, so I didn’t know what was going to happen yet,” Ms Walkely said.

“I was worried she had cuts or marks or something but she had absolutely nothing.”

Nayvah was pulled from the drain, examined by paramedics and taken to watch The Wiggles from the comfort of her mother’s grateful arms.

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