Even in the tragedy of Haiti, Australian news crews are racing for stories.
According to The Australian, both Seven and Nine witnessed the rescue a child from the rubble …and some media would suggest helped in her rescue too.
Both news crews were on site when a local interpreter, Deiby Celestino, pulled the baby girl from the crushed building after she had endured days in the dark, surrounded by dead bodies.
Celestino is the local “fixer” for Nine News -who assists crews in access, transport, languages etc.
When she emerged, Seven’s Mike Amor reached forward to take the little girl, pouring water over her head to clear away dust, and giving her something to drink. His photo appears in British newspapers at the magic moment.
“That moment, it was beyond news,” he tells The Australian.
“The focus of everybody on that hill was the little girl, and as any of us will tell you, it was Deiby who went into that hole, and dug, and dug, until he got that little girl out. He’s the hero.”
Nine’s US correspondent Robert Penfold, who was also there, tells The Australian, “We had to walk over sheets of tin, and then climb up over concrete, and then jump down, on to another slab of concrete, to where four men were standing, pointing, and you could hear crying, from somewhere underneath.”
In this dramatic footage, both Amor and Penfold are both visible at the scene, sometimes separated only by another local.
Both hold the baby girl at separate times, and both follow her to the local Save the Children office to see she gets medical attention.
Or to follow the story. Or both.
This shorter clip with a Seven watermark only shows Amor at the scene, while Nine’s only showed Penfold.
The Australian also notes footage was filmed by the only Australian TV cameraman ever to win the Gold Walkley for journalism, Richard Moran. Update: This story in news.com.au says Moran put down his camera to assist in her recovery: “Nine did not get the footage because of Moran’s heroics – and he later rang his head of news Mark Calvert in Sydney to explain why.”
A happy ending, in any case.
Source: The Australian