July 23, 2014 12:25 pm
Updated: July 23, 2014 12:55 pm

Man dead after beach sand tunnel collapses


TORONTO – A fun day at a California beach ended in tragedy Monday after a man was killed when a sand tunnel he was digging collapsed and buried him.

According to NBC News, the hole was about 10 to 12-feet deep before it collapsed on 26-year-old Adam Pye.

Several beachgoers tried digging Pye out of the hole before emergency officials arrived.

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“I went back to the rig and got a shovel and we were digging. I would say 40 people from around here were digging,”  a witness told NBC.

By the time fire fighters arrived, bystanders were close to clearing his airway, NBC reported.

“A lot of people jumped into action which was both helpful and impressive,” Fire captain Jonathan Cox said.

Paramedics performed CPR on the victim for close to an hour but were unable to revive him.

“It is one of those situations that can go from having a good time on the beach with friends and family to extremely dangerous and critical within seconds,” Cox said.

This is the second incident in as many weeks.

Last month, a 49-year-old man was buried alive on a North Carolina beach after a sand tunnel he was digging collapsed on him, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

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