Pat Baker, 54, has rescued a 13-month-old baby from a canal after her mother’s car collided with another vehicle. He dived into the water to save the child after the mother said her daughter was trapped in the car near Barrow-on-Trent, Derbyshire.
Mr Baker, a Rolls-Royce maintenance engineer from Stenson Fields, Derby, swam underwater and managed to open the car door at the second attempt.
“I finally got the door open and got inside where it was absolutely black as it was submerged in water. I located the leg of the child but it didn’t want to come as it was in a baby seat,” he said.
“I undid the clamp and the child came out – but I didn’t think she was alive.”