KOTA KINABALU: An alert member of the Civil Defence saved a 10-month-old baby from drowning during a security operation in east coast Sandakan.
The baby slipped from the mother's grasp when she tried to flee arrest at an illegal settlement behind Taman Tinosan, Fourth Mile. She was among 500 over people being checked during a two-day operation on March 30 and 31 against illegal immigrants around Sandakan.
The baby was later sent to the hospital for treatment where she is reported to be in stable condition.
The mother, however, was detained after failing to produce valid travel documents.
The two-day Ops Bersepadu was conducted by National Security Council Sabah in different locations of the district with the support of the various enforcement agencies.
A statement from the national Security Council said that they carried out checks on 507 people and arrested 171 illegal immigrants.