Teen almost buried alive while digging hole on UK beach sparking dramatic rescue

A teenager was almost buried alive after getting stuck in a hole he dug in one of the UK's top surfing beaches.

The unnamed 18-year-old had a lucky escape after the sand collapsed in on him sparking a major emergency response.

Firefighters, police and paramedics joined frantic efforts to dig him out in Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, on Thursday afternoon.

They worked with members of the public, life guards and the Coastguard to dig the man out and remove him from the hole.

Beachgoers were later warned not to dig holes in the sand after the incident "could have easily resulted in crushing or suffocation".

Newquay Police Response posted on Twitter that the man had "dug a hole in the sand, which collapsed on him".

It added that "friends and beachgoers all worked together to dig (the) man to safety".

A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called by the Coastguard at 5.30pm on Thursday.

She said sand had collapsed on to the man, causing him to become trapped.

  • Beach Hazard: Digging holes in the sand poses serious health and safety risks

"Emergency services and members of the public removed him from the hole and he was left in the care of the ambulance service," the spokeswoman added.

In a post on Facebook, Newquay Community Fire Station said the man was allowed to go home after being checked over.

"A big thank you to all the assistance from the public, Coastguard and lifeguards," the post said.

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"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 metre 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."

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