London: A 10-month-old girl was rescued off the coast of Turkey after she drifted about a kilometre into the sea on a flotation device while her parents were busy settling in on the beach.
Melda Ilgin was seated in an inflatable child's toy on Friday when strong winds caused her to drift away from the shore in the country's Canakkale province.
The yellow inflatable was carried further out to sea with the child still sitting atop it while her parents and others watching on the beach reacted with horror.
The Turkish coast guard was then called to the scene, and a man jumped from the rescue boat to carry her to safety, BGN News reported.
Melda's parents had placed her in the flotation device and were apparently settling in on the beach when they realised she was not where they left her.
The winds had picked up on the beach, near the town of Kucukkuyo on the Aegean Sea, and were carrying her towards the Greek island of Lesbos, 10 kilometres away.
By the time the coast guard arrived, Melda was about a kilometre out to sea. They found her unharmed, still sitting in the inflatable device.
Dozens of onlookers gathered and watched as the baby girl was returned to her parents.