Boy narrowly avoids being “buried alive” after hole collapses on him

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Two lifeguards rescued the boy with the help of other beachgoers (Image: Thebeachguide)

A 13-year-old boy has been rescued from a Welsh beach – after nearly being ‘buried alive’ by sand.

Lifeguards used children’s spades to free him.

The boy was trapped and collapsed after a huge hole he dug on Dolwen Beach in Aberport.

Witnesses heard him screaming for help as he fell deeper into the sand.

When the alarm went off, he was found pinned up to his neck.

Coast guard and fire brigade were called and raced to the scene of the accident.

Lifeguards Menna Phillips and Will Brice were then joined by members of the public who struggled with beach spades to free the frightened schoolboy.

A witness said: “Menna and Will were down by the water when someone shouted that someone was stuck in a hole up on the beach.

“Menna assumed someone had broken a leg or something, but when she got there all she could see of the boy was the top of his head and the eyes.”

Another viewer said: “The more they tried to reach him, the more sand fell on him – it was a very, very scary situation.

“I saw some holidaymakers trying to free the boy with beach spades – it was a fantastic reaction from both lifeguards and the public.

“The boy was very lucky that the incident did not happen in the evening when the beach would have been deserted.”

Councilman Gethin Davies lives near the beach.

He said the incident that happened yesterday afternoon could be taken as a warning to all parents.

“People don’t really appreciate the dangers of digging big holes in sand,” he said.

“There have been fatalities in the past.

“It was a narrow escape, make no mistake – I’m told that when the alarm went off, only the boy’s fingertips could be seen above the sand.”

An RNLI spokesman said the lifeguards who rescued the boy dug around him “carefully”.

She said: “One of the lifeguards grabbed a trauma bag while the second went to assess the situation.

“When lifeguards arrived with the victim, they found the boy was in the hole where the sand had fallen on him, covering most of his body.

“One of the lifeguards helped the public carefully dig away the sand before sacrificing a lifeline if necessary.

“After 20 minutes, the casualty was extricated from the hole where he was then assessed by lifeguards before being handed over to the care of paramedics.”

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