East Anglia: Warning to holiday makers after girl is buried alive in sand

Holiday makers should be aware of the dangers of digging holes in the sand following two dramatic incidents.

Medics saved the life of a young girl in Norfolk after a hole she was digging on a beach collapsed on her.

The East of England Ambulance Service said a 15-year-old girl was digging a 7ft hole on the beach at Caister when it caved in.

It is believed she stopped breathing but medics saved her life by clearing her airways.

A spokeswoman for the Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3.04pm and a rapid response crew arrived on the scene five minutes later backed up by an ambulance.

“A 15-year-old girl was taken by an RAF Sea King helicopter to James Paget Hospital accompanied by a clinician from the rapid response vehicle.

“The girl had gone into suspected respiratory arrest after falling down a 7ft hole in the sand.”

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Duty Operations Manager Dave Greggs said: “Mark Little, the rapid response vehicle clinician, carried out initial treatment that possibly saved her life.”

A spokeswoman said the girl was recovering “quite well” at the hospital in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Earlier this week 17-year-old Matt Mina was digging tunnels in Newport Beach, California, when the walls collapsed in on him.

Around 40 beach users eventually freed him from the caved-in hole.

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