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California beach hole collapses: Man dies after hole collapses on top of him

A young man has died after a beach hole collapsed.
A young man has died after a beach hole collapsed.
Dean Coppola - Half Moon Bay Review

A sad story out of California hit the net late on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and it involved the death of a young man on a beach. The Associated Press reported that a Northern California beach hole collapsed and trapped a young man underneath the sand for at least a good five minutes before he was able to be taken out by others on the beach.

On Francis State Beach, Adam Pye, a 26-year-old man dug a beach hole that was about 10 feet deep. It was around 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening when he was standing in it, and the sand began crumbling down around him and on top of him.

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Captain Jonathan Cox of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that at least 30 people began digging as fast as they could to get him out.

In the group of people were friends of the man and beach bystanders, and they all dug as fast as they could. They used beach shovels, improvised tools, their hands, and buckets to try and free him or at least get his head exposed.

After nearly five minutes, Pye's head was out of the sand and firefighters arrived. He was unconscious upon their arrival.

Bystanders were joined by close to 30 firefighters to keep digging him out of the sand. Paramedics simply kept trying to open his airways, which they managed to do. It took about 35 minutes to finally get him out of the beach hole collapse.

They attempted to revive him on the scene, but he ended up dying on the scene.

Cox said that the beach hole was dug by Pye about 10 to 15 feet from the water in a campground area of Francis State Beach. He was the only one in the beach hole when it began to collapse.

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