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Man Saves Infant Submerged in Car, Cuts Car Seat Straps With Knife

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 04:36 PM

A Maine man saved an infant submerged in a car by jumping into the water and cutting the straps of the baby's car seat with a knife, pulling her free of the upside-down car.

The baby wasn't breathing after her rescue and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, police said, according to The Associated Press.

Leo Moody, 44, of Kingman, was driving home from work Monday when he saw a flipped SUV in a culvert in Kossuth Township, about 175 miles northeast of Portland. Moody said he called 911 and rushed to the submerged vehicle.

Moody said one of the SUV's passengers told him her baby was in the back seat, and he swam to the vehicle and cut through seatbelts to free the seat. He said he then took the 3-month-old to the banks of the culvert and handed the infant and seat to another passer-by, Wade Shorey of Greenbush. Shorey performed CPR on the child, resuscitating her, Moody said.

Moody said it was cold and his hands were chilled to the point where he couldn't feel them while he was cutting the straps, and he "kept telling myself, don't drop the knife." He said he always carries the knife — usually for peeling an apple or whittling piece of alder.

"They come in handy, I guess. Monday night really proved it," Moody said.

Police confirmed that Moody crawled into the SUV and freed the infant and that Shorey performed CPR. The infant was submerged for a short time and initially was not breathing and was unresponsive, police said. After being resuscitated, the girl was crying and alert. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for observation, police said.

The accident happened when Stephen McGouldrick lost control of his SUV on an icy stretch of Route 6 and rolled the vehicle down an embankment into 2 1/2 feet of water, police said. McGouldrick and two other passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from a hospital.

Moody's wife, Betsy, said her husband arrived home soaking wet, cold, and shaken up after the rescue.

"Just another reason why I love him — thinking of someone other than himself," she said.

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