Burak Gezen / Çanakkale, July 3 () - A 10-month-old baby drifted a kilometer from the coastline of Turkey’s northwestern Çanakkale province until a coast guard boat arrived to save her on Friday.
Melda Ilgın was placed in an inflatable ring by her mother in the Ayvacık district of Çanakkale, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles, before she was swept away.
The baby was left unattended when a strong northeast wind swept her from the shore toward the direction of the Greek island of Lesbos.
The coast guard command was called when locals’ attempts to retrieve the baby failed. She was soon saved by the coast guard and handed back to her mother.