Mr Hutt told the New Zealand Herald: "He was floating at a steady pace with a rip in the water".
When she saw Malachi at the camp ground reception she said he looked purple, cold, and smaller than usual.
"Oh god, this is a baby and it's alive", Hutt recalled to the Whakatane Beacon. "His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down".
He told his wife Sue about the baby he had saved and she located his parents, who were staying in a nearby holiday camp. "They were woken up to find their baby wasn't there".
When they found the parents, who were still sleeping, "the mother just screamed", said Hutt.
'It was frightful in between hearing that and seeing him, ' she told Stuff. "I must've just missed seeing him go in". "I don't think my heart worked", she told the news agency.
Luckily, Ms Whyte's son was OK.
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"In an wonderful stroke of luck, Hutt was there to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had escaped from his parents" tent at a holiday camp near Matata Beach early on the morning of October 26, the New Zealand Herald reports.
"It was scary but he was breathing, he was alive".
Malachi normally sleeps until gone 8am, she said, but there is a chance that he may have been woken earlier than usual by the sound of the waves.
He was treated by emergency services with the Matata Volunteer Fire Brigade for 15 minutes before being transferred to Whakatāne Hospital "for a checkup in a moderate condition".
When the parents stopped by to thank Hutt before returning to their home in Matamata he said you wouldn't have thought anything had happened.
Murphy's Holiday Camp co-owner Rebecca Salter told The Associated Press that the rescue was "miraculous and fateful" after Hutt had made a decision to fish at a different spot than usual.
A fisherman has pulled a baby boy from waters off Matata Beach in New Zealand.
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Whyte with her son, Malachi.
He said if he had checked his line a minute later he would not have seen him.
"He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn't meant to go; it wasn't his time", Hutt told the Beacon.
Despite his near cross with death, Malachi remains unperturbed by water and still loves his showers, said Whyte. "He's himself. Maybe he'll be more aware of water, not run into beaches. But he's definitely himself", she said.
She said she knows some other parents will judge her, but she is more concerned about getting out a message from her own harrowing experience: "Zip your tents up".
Murphy's Holiday Camp, Matata, is on the edge of the Pacific Ocean on New Zealand's North Island about 100 miles from Auckland. They can think we're a bad parent.
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