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Teenage boy trapped in sand is rescued in Newport Beach

August 3, 2011 |  5:40 pm

Newportbeach A teenage boy trapped in the sand was rescued Wednesday afternoon in Newport Beach after a 5-foot-deep hole that he had dug caved in on him.

Newport Beach lifeguards at Tower 56 responded at 3:38 p.m. after being alerted that a young beachgoer near 54th Street was trapped in a hole in the sand, according to a news release from the Newport Beach Fire Department.

The boy apparently dug for an hour to create a 5-foot hole along the berm near the water line, according to the release. The sides of the hole collapsed, burying the boy inside.

It took lifeguards and firefighters 27 minutes of digging to unearth the boy.

He was given lifesaving care and taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian for treatment. He appeared to be in good condition, according to the release.

Officials weren't immediately available for comment.


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Photo: Newport Beach lifeguards watch the waves in a photo from May 19. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times