Page last updated at 15:51 GMT, Friday, 29 August 2008 16:51 UK

Island baby in 'flying' delivery

Flying Christine III arriving at Sark
A midwife was on board Flying Christine III to deliver the baby

A baby girl has been born on board Guernsey's marine ambulance, after her mother went into early labour in Sark.

The island's GP called for the Flying Christine III when Gemma Knight went into labour in the early hours - almost two weeks before the baby was due.

But Cerys Barbara Knight arrived before the boat could get to St Peter Port.

Her delighted paternal grandmother, Rosalind Knight, said Cerys was born in Sark waters, just outside the Greve de la Ville.

Midwife delivery

"It was very exciting and quite a surprise," Mrs Knight told BBC News.

"The baby was due on 7 September, but Gemma's been having pains since Tuesday.

"She went to Princess Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday - they sent her home on Thursday, then she went into labour in the early hours."

The 6lb 9oz baby (3kg) was delivered by a midwife at 0130 BST on board the marine ambulance.

"It was all a bit of a panic, but everything is absolutely fine," maternal grandmother Veronica Burgess said.

Mother and baby were taken to Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital, but are expected to return to Sark later with proud father, Richard and a very excited two-year-old big sister, Katie.

A spokesman for St John Ambulance said Cerys was the first baby to be born on board the Flying Christine III, which came into service in 1994.

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