RUGGED, RUSTIC, RUSHING: When John Kavanagh was on the boat to rescue a baby girl who had just drowned, he never imagined it would be a life-or-death situation.
He and his wife had just returned from a trip to Thailand and the boat he was travelling in was heading towards the remote island of Koh Tao, about 200 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.
It was the first time Kavanah had ever been on a boat in this part of the world, and he was determined to do everything he could to make sure the baby girl would be saved.
“It was going to be a big day for us because we were the only ones on the vessel,” he said.
“But I thought it was going be a long day.”
But things were not going to turn out as planned.
The ship was about two hours from shore when a strong current hit it and the baby was dragged onto the boat, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
After it was dragged into the water, the mother and baby were rescued by boat and taken to hospital.
“We had to jump in the boat with a couple of other crew and try and save the baby,” Kavanag said.
“I’ve got two young children that I love dearly.
It was my absolute priority.”AAP: John Kavangah with the baby who died in Koh Tao.
Topics:relief-and-aid-organisations,child-welfare,children,death,death-row,relief,yongchow-2148First posted September 06, 2019 14:30:36Contact Melissa RourkeMore stories from Western Australia