Family day out almost turned to disaster when a little girl fell between the gap of the ferry and a wharf in just seconds.
The routine ferry stop at Barangaroo instantly turned into a desperate rescue mission when an eight-year-old girl suddenly vanished.
Footage shows passengers disembarking from a ferry which had just docked. (You can watch the video here)
Having already walked off the gangway, the youngster rushed forward to greet a boy coming off the boat when she slipped between the ferry and quay.
Instincts kicked in and quick-thinking relatives and ferry staff rushed to pull her from the water.
After almost 15 frantic seconds, the little girl was luckily rescued. She was shaken, but luckily unhurt.
“We were able to retrieve her quickly, safe, but it could have been much worse,” ferry worker Jean-Pierre Lomard told 7 News.
The accident could have been deadly, reports 7 news.
Transport minister Andrew Constance said the close call was a timely reminder of the importance of safety around boats.
“I feel really sorry for the mum, because ultimately you know it was an accident but it is a timely reminder across the network. Grab your littlie’s hand, make sure you grab it tight.
“The staff were amazing they reacted as quickly as they could. They got their bodies down into the gap and obviously rescued that young girl.”
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