Authorities were waiting to release the name and hometown of the Korean exchange student that was buried alive on a California beach until they were able to notify the deceased relatives. We now know the victim’s name is Paul Mingyu Sang, 20, from Seoul, South Korea.
Paul had been in the U.S. for around 5 years and was attending the Santa Clarita based Christian school, Master’s College. Paul and some other classmates visited Oxnard Beach Park in Southern California, where they dug a sandpit that was at least six feet deep.
Paul climbed in the hole in order to take a picture from inside and the walls of the pit collapsed in on him. Emergency crew members arrived within 4 minutes of receiving the distress call and were able to retrieve Paul within 15 minutes but he did not survive.
The Ventura County Star reported a statement from the department’s battalion chief, Darwin Base, as saying, “Digging large pits in the sand can be dangerous, and it’s something people really need to know about.”
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