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Man Dies After Beach Hole Caves In
He dug 10-foot pit before it collapsed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2014 5:14 PM CDT
Emergency crew workers and volunteers working to rescue a man at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   (Dean Coppola)

(Newser) – A young man died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes, authorities said. The 26-year-old man dug a roughly 10-foot-deep hole at Francis State Beach and was standing in it when the sand started caving in around him. About 30 people frantically dug with their hands, buckets, and improvised tools to expose his head. They were able to do so after about five minutes, just as firefighters arrived at the scene.

"When they got there, they discovered he was unconscious," said Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Jonathan Cox. Paramedics managed to open the man's airways while about 30 firefighters, aided by the bystanders, used shovels and other equipment to pull out his body. Rescuers extricated him in about 35 minutes and tried to revive him, but he died at the scene. The man was identified as Adam Pye of San Lorenzo.

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Lou Bernardo
Jul 24, 2014 12:13 PM CDT
It happens often and he should have known better. Even ditch diggers use steel shields when working in a trench.
Jul 24, 2014 12:04 PM CDT
So another brianiac takes himself out of the gene pool.
Chuck Roast
Jul 24, 2014 9:51 AM CDT
Bad way to die, just having fun digging a hole.