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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