Video: Dramatic Rescue of Teen Buried in Sand in Newport Beach
Video footage shows the scope of the effort by emergency personnel, beach-goers and lifeguards to dig out a teenager who found himself buried alive in the sand yesterday afternoon on Newport Beach.
Matt Mina and some friends were digging tunnels, but the sand walls collapsed, trapping Mina underneath for an estimated 20-40 minutes, reports the OC Register. It took about 40 people to rescue him.
In an interview on the "Today" show, Mina said: "I didn't know if anyone could hear me when I was screaming for help." He later remarked: "I thought I was going to die."
Mina was released from the hospital last night and is reportedly doing well.