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Beachgoers and emergency crew saved a teenager from suffocating in a massive collapsed hole he built in the sand.
An 18-year-old man was trapped in the pile of sand after digging a hole which fell in on him at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, on Thursday.
Dramatic pictures showed his friends, lifeguards, the RNLI, police, tourists, fire crews and locals digging him out of the beach.
Beachgoers and emergency crew saved a teenager from suffocating in a massive collapsed hole he built in the sand in Newquay, Cornwall, on Thursday
Another picture showed the man being lifted from the sand on a stretcher by fire crews after the incident.
Later that day the Newquay Police Response team tweeted: ‘Part of an amazing rescue today @ Fistral, Newquay, a man dug a hole in the sand which collapsed on him.
‘Friends and beach goers @NewquayCFRS @CornwallFRS @CRTNewquay @NewquayRNLI& @[email protected] all worked together to dig man to safety. Hoping for a full recovery.’
A Newquay Community Fire Station spokesperson has since warned of the dangers of digging holes on beaches.
They said: ‘We’ve received good news this morning following yesterday’s multi agency response to an 18-year-old stuck in sand.
‘He was checked over and allowed to go home again. A big thank you to all the assistance from the public, coastguard and lifeguards.
Dramatic pictures showed his friends, lifeguards, the RNLI, police, tourists, fire crews and locals digging him out of the beach before he was lifted out on a stretcher
‘As one team using our sand lance, breathing apparatus, spades and surfboards we were able to ensure this was a happy ending.
‘This could have easily resulted in crushing or suffocation, please don’t dig huge holes in the sand, sand is partial to collapse and the dry weight is around a ton per meter cubed.
‘You wouldn’t dig a hole in the garden and let your children climb in, please don’t do it on a beach either. Enjoy the beach but please stay safe!’
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘Police were called by the coastguard at 5.30pm last night to Fistral Beach following reports that sand had collapsed onto a male causing him to become trapped.
‘Emergency services and members of the public removed him from the hole and he was left in the care of the ambulance service.’
Source: Daily Mail