KOSSUTH TOWNSHIP, Maine — Tragedy was averted in Washington County on Monday afternoon when a passer-by revived a 3-month-old girl who had just been involved in an accident, state police said Tuesday.
The sequence of events started around 4:30 p.m. when an SUV driven by Stephen McGouldrick, 55, of Calais, lost control on the ice on Route 6, State Police Trooper Chad Lindsey said.
The vehicle went off an embankment airborne and landed on its roof in about 2 and a half feet of water in a stream, Lindsey said. The passengers included Brenda Haney, 53, of Calais, and the infant’s mother, Beverly Metcalf, 34, of Talmadge, Lindsey said. The accident occurred about 50 miles from Calais.
While the adults weren’t severely injured, the baby was not responsive, according to Lindsey, but shortly after the crash, passer-by Wade Shorey arrived and sprang into action.
Shorey, whom Lindsey said had recently completed a CPR course, revived the unresponsive baby, who began breathing after a couple minutes.
“If Wade hadn’t happened along, the baby would be dead, no question about it,” Lindsey said.
The trooper added Shorey’s actions was the most remarkable thing he’s seen in his 3½ years on the force.
The baby and the adults were transported to Calais Regional Hospital, Lindsey said.
The adults’ injuries were not considered life threatening, and Lindsey said the infant is doing fine as well.
Lindsey was assisted at the scene by Calais rescue, the Baileyville and Topsfield fire departments and the U.S. Border Patrol.