A 12-YEAR-OLD boy is lucky to be alive after a sandbank collapsed as he and a friend dug into it at Sunshine Beach yesterday.
The young Sunshine Coast visitor was unconscious and had stopped breathing when he was pulled from the sand about 3.45pm.
The boy’s head was buried deepest under the collapse for up to a minute while his young friend raced to alert nearby life guards.
The parents of the child had left only moments earlier to go for a walk along the beach.
The boys had been digging the hole in small bank near sand dunes about 100 metres away from the life guard tower, but out of their line of sight. Sunshine Coast Life Guard Services manager Scott Braby said the life guards found the boy buried headfirst to the waist.
They said after they had dug the boy out he did not speak or move.
“The life guards have dragged him out and initially the boy was not breathing and was unconscious,” Mr Braby said.
“Life guards cleared his airway ready to commence further resuscitation efforts but the boy then began breathing on his own.”
Mr Braby said the boy was talking and conscious by the time ambulance crews arrived.
The child was taken to Nambour General Hospital as a precaution, he said.
His name was not made available.
Mr Braby said the quick actions of the young boy’s friend and life guards had stopped the incident from becoming a tragedy.
He said he believed the boy and his family were not from the region.
“However, no matter how safe you think it is, this is a message to all parents particularly during school holidays to watch their kids,” Mr Braby said.
“This was a very small embankment where something as innocent as a child digging on the beach could have had tragic consequences,” he said.
“Parents need to keep an eye on their kids at all times.”
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