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article imageVideo: Footage of mother and baby swept into rising tide

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Feb 16, 2012 in World
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A undated footage recently emerged of a terrifying moment for a woman and her baby as they were almost swept away by a quickly rising tide on Cramond causeway in Scotland.
The video, according to Daily Record, was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday. It shows a woman pushing a baby in a pram along a narrow causeway with the tide advancing quickly. The path, according to The Sun, links Scotland's Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth and the mainland in Scotland.
The woman, having suddenly lost her footing at the edge of the path, falls into the freezing estuary with the pram. The two are partially submerged in water and are being swept by the current of the rising tide. But fortunately for the two, people rushed to their assistance, averting a tragedy.
An older woman jumped into the water. She snatched the baby from the freezing water while the mother struggled to recover her belongings.
According to Daily Mail, the operations manager of the lifeboat service at South Queensferry Tom Robertson, said the woman was lucky there were people there to help her. He warned that people going to Cramond Island should always take care to check the tide times. According to Robertson, the causeway is completely submerged in water at high tide.
Robertson said: "This incident could certainly have been tragic if someone hadn't managed to get to the child quickly. There have been many, many incidents in the past at Cramond. People get into trouble on the island or on the causeway about 20 times a year. Thankfully nobody has lost their life but there have been people who have had to be treated for hypothermia. One of the main problems we have is something like 80 per cent of the people who have been involved in these kinds of incidents are not of British extraction, so maybe they can't read the warning notices."
Robertson said further: "My advice to people is to look at the crossing times before setting out and to realise that there is a good mile that you have to walk back. If they have a mobile phone they can also consult the coastguard. If you've got very young children in your care, you shouldn't be going across there, because its not a very hospitable place. It's overgrown - there's lumps of concrete lying around."
Daily Mail reports that a local councillor Kate Mackenzie, has called for the signs to be simplified. She said:"Years ago people crossing the causeway were a lot more cautious but now with a lot of people not understanding the tide and not knowing the language, it's an accident waiting to happen. I think we need pictorial signs or a green and red light."
According to Ninemsn, the coastguard said that in 2009, a two-year-old girl was treated for hypothermia after being stranded on the island with her family.
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