A young boy is lucky to be alive after a hole he was digging collapsed, burying him alive.

People on the beach at Horseshoe Bay behind the Port Elliot Caravan Park south of Adelaide, rushed to the aid of 11-year-old Jordan Spraggs when the hole collapsed and he was buried in more than a metre of sand.

“It all collapsed on me… I was shouting out for help and no one could barely hear me,” Jordan told 9NEWS.

“It was up to, probably, around an inch above my head.

“(My mum) shovelled all the sand around my face and she got it all out of my mouth, so I could breathe.”

One of Jordan’s rescuers, Darien Bauer, said he tried to calm the young boy’s mother while also searching for a way for him to breathe.

“His mum was quite hysterical. I just said to her we need to find something for him to breathe with – some kind of tube,” he said.

Mr Bauer ran to the nearby caravan park and alerted an off-duty police officer who then also joined the rescue efforts.

“We got a snorkel out the back of the car and ran down there and then obviously when we rocked up, it was fairly well buried in,” policeman Lenny Carlier said

“I just got everyone to dig behind and then slowly move towards the hole.”

After half-an-hour, Jordan was freed from the sand and taken to South Coast Hospital at Victor Harbour.

The young boy’s grandfather, Bill Spraggs, said his family are grateful for the “heroes” who saved his grandchild.

“We really appreciate the efforts of the off duty policeman, there were three or four guys in particular, but the off duty police man really knew what to do,” he said.

“I just want to say thank you,” Jordan also said.

The rescue has sparked a warning from emergency services for adults to make their children aware of the dangers of digging holes on beaches.

Very lucky young man!

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  • Hopefully there has been plenty of warnings about the dangers of digging sand and people keep a close eye on children


  • It is all fun and games. You don’t realise these things can happen. Glad there was a happy ending and crush injury for the young boy.


  • There have been several similar accidents recently. He was very lucky.

    • Sand becomes incredibly heavily in a mass.


  • A very, very lucky young person!


  • Wow fun turns into scary. I wonder how big he dug the hole. I couldnt imagine if this to happen to my children. Glad there were people around to help out.


  • What a lucky boy indeed!


  • Aw bless, that must have been so scary ! Glad this story has a happy ending !!


  • I don’t think that kid will be digging anymore holes at the beach haha lucky little fella


  • How lucky for the little boy & his family to have the clever and helpful men around to think and act.


  • I spent half my childhood digging huge holes at the beach. How scary!


  • That must have been so scary. Poor child. I’m glad that he could be rescued. Very clever the idea of the snorkel!!


  • I’m glad he is ok, that would of been awful for him and his poor mum. Glad all is well


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