Paula Miller 757-925-1660
June 10, 2015
BABY GIRL BORN BY FLASHLIGHT WHILE FERRY UNDERWAY
Ferry Workers Assist With Delivery Duties
SURRY-The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry vessel Williamsburg docked in Jamestown early this morning with a brand new baby girl on board-literally!
Johnathan and Kayla Cline boarded the vessel on the Surry side at about 2:38 a.m., enroute to a Williamsburg hospital where they expected to welcome the couple’s second child. But, 6 pound, 12-ounce Emmaleigh Jane Cline was in a bit of a hurry. After all, she was already five days past her due date.
Not even half way across the James River, Kayla realized she wouldn’t make it to the hospital on time and summoned her husband to deliver the baby in their vehicle. With a health care worker holding a flash light and Jamestown-Scotland Ferry workers standing by, Jonathan Cline caught his newborn daughter who arrived, on scene, at 3:06 a.m.
The birth is believed to be the first on board the Ferry system. Jonathan Cline is a regular ferry commuter and was familiar with some of the crew members who assisted. “I can’t say enough good things about the ferry workers,” he remarked, while stealing glances at his newborn daughter who, bundled in pink from head to toe, is the talk of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center where the family eventually landed following their “ferry-tale” adventure.
The Clines look forward to their return trip home in a day or two so they can personally thank the JSF crew, again, for helping them make some family memories.
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