Man buried alive at the beach

BRIBIE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – A tragic accident on Bribie Island, North of Brisbane, has left a 25-year-old man, identified as Josh Taylor, struggling for his life. Taylor fell into a five-foot pit that had been dug on the beach for cooking a pig. The sand around him collapsed, completely burying him and resulting in severe injuries.

A witness named Nathan described the incident to 7 News. According to him, Taylor lost his balance and fell into the pit. Subsequently, the sand caved in around him, burying him so deep that his feet were visible only to someone standing directly over the hole.

A group of around 15 men worked furiously to rescue Taylor, first using their hands to scrape away the sand and then tying a rope around his feet to pull him out. Despite their combined efforts, initially, Taylor would not budge due to the suction created by the sand. However, they finally managed to free him after a paramedic suggested changing the direction of the pull, and the suction gave way.

Nathan recounted how the force of the extraction caused further harm. Despite the rescue, Taylor lost his pulse, and beach rangers initiated CPR immediately. They also used a defibrillator before the paramedics arrived.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue airlifted Taylor to the Princess Alexandra hospital in a critical condition, where he remains in a critical but stable condition. It reportedly took 45 minutes before Taylor’s pulse returned. Paramedics applauded the commendable group effort at the scene for restoring Taylor’s pulse.

The disastrous event reportedly took place during a beach gathering with friends, bringing a sobering reminder of the potential dangers even in relaxed beach settings.