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Baby girl rescued from sunken SUV by Maine logger, police say

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In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo provided by Maine State Police, an SUV rests upside down in water alongside Route 6 in Kossuth Township, Maine, after Stephen McGouldrick lost control of it on the icy road. Police said Leo Moody, of Kingman, Maine, crawled into the SUV and used a knife to cut the straps off a submerged car seat to pull an infant to safety. The infant was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for observation. The two other passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from a hospital. (AP Photo/Maine State Police)

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said.

The baby was not breathing, and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, police said.

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

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

Shorey, 32, 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.’ ”

“They come in handy, I guess. Monday night really proved it,” he said.

Police confirmed that Moody crawled into the SUV and freed the baby 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.

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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