Turkish fishermen have pulled off a heroic rescue, plucking from the water a Syrian baby who was moments from death.
Video of the incident captures the moment fisherman realise the orange life vest bobbing in the Aegan sea was actually little 18-month-old Muhammad Hasan reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
Two migrants died and 16 others went missing in two separate accidents when boats heading to Greece from Turkey capsized.
“Faster, faster, people fell into the sea, hurry!” a man can be heard shouting in the video.
“Oh my god, there’s a baby too.”
The rescuers pulled Muhammad from the water thinking he was dead but soon realised he was still alive after they heard him making sounds.
“Brother, he’s alive! He’s alive!” the man in the video says as another man tries to revive the child.
“We saw the baby whose hands were unmoving, stiff like a robot,” the fishing boat’s captain, Recep Avran, told the Dogan news agency.
“We were devastated because we thought he was already dead. But then we heard a groaning. At that moment, it was like we were given the world.”
The boy was taken to hospital where he recovered and the family were reunited with the fisherman who they were able to thank in person for saving baby Muhammad.
A huge number of migrants are continuing to make the dangerous journey to Greece, many with their children in tow. Just months earlier the image of a dead boy washed up on the beach shocked the world.
With this in mind a woman from the Netherlands travelled to Greece as a volunteer to help mothers and their children, reported UNICEF.
Darcia Christiana Fleur the founder and CEO of The Urban Baby Wearer, was planning to spend her time with the migrants giving away, and instructing mothers on how to use, specialised baby carriers in which the mothers wear their babies against their bodies.
However Fleur has found herself doing whatever is needed to help in the crisis.
“Yesterday I had a baby of five days old in my hands,” she said. “It came in a life jacket. Somebody handed me a life jacket and I was like, ‘Why am I getting a life jacket?’ And I looked inside, and inside was a five-day-old baby.”
Fleur said as a mum herself she was inspired to help other mothers in need.
“Because if I’m fleeing a war, with a child, I hope there is another mum saying, ‘OK, let me help you.’”
On one occasion Fleur helped a mother clam down her baby daughter who was panicking in the chaos.
“On my iPhone is an app that plays lullabies. It’s now playing, actually, ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm.’ And the kid was being hysterical, so I know that screens calm my kid down, so I gave my iPhone with ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’ and I think in combination with the mum holding the child close, it worked.”
The European Union executive said that reception capacity in Greece and along the western Balkan route that migrants use on their trek to the EU’s heartland by will be increased to 100,000.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a summit meeting of 11 regional leaders from the EU and the Balkan region said that “where national capacities fall short the EU civil protection mechanism should” provide more temporary shelter.
In Greece alone, Juncker said that Athens promised that the reception capacity will be increased to 30,000 by the end of the year, with the United Nations providing capacity for 20,000 more.