- An 11-year-old boy has been saved by crowd after hole caved in on him at beach
- Jordan Spraggs was playing in sand at Horseshoe Bay when the hole collapsed
- His grandfather has labeled the rescuers, including off-duty policeman, ‘heroes’
An 11-year-old boy has been saved by a group of onlookers after the hole he was digging collapsed on him at a beach south of Adelaide.
Jordan Spraggs was enjoying his time at holiday spot Horseshoe Bay in South Australia and dug the one-and-a-half metre hole in sand before it collapsed and trapped him.
‘It was up to, probably, around an inch above my head,’ Jordan told 9News.
Jordan Spraggs (pictured) was enjoying his time at holiday spot Horseshoe Bay in South Australia and dug the one-and-a-half metre hole in sand before it collapsed
Quick thinking onlookers used a garden hose to help the boy breathe as they frantically dug him out
The boy described his fear as he shouted for help but wasn’t able to make enough noise for people to hear before his mother, ‘shovelled all the sand around my face and she got it all out of my mouth, so I could breathe.’
Darien Bauer who was on the beach at the time tried to calm the boy’s mother while searching for a way to help the youngster breathe.
He sprinted to the nearby caravan park and alerted an off duty police officer Lenny Carlier who joined the efforts.
Darien Bauer (left) who was on the beach at the time tried to calm the boy’s mother while searching for a way to help the youngster breathe
‘We got a snorkel out the back of the car and ran down there and then obviously when we rocked up, he was fairly well buried in,’ he said.
The snorkel failed to work and so, thinking quickly, they used a piece of garden hose to create a way for the young lad to get air.
The policeman instructed the group of rescuers to dig from the back of the hole towards the boy and the sore so as not to collapse the hole further.
After 30 minutes the boy was eventually freed, to the great relief of his family.
The hole was filled in on Thursday by excavator as authorities issued a timely reminder to families to be aware of the dangers of digging in sand.
Jordan and his family have thanked the group of rescuers with the boy’s grandfather Bill Spraggs labelling them ‘heroes’.
Police officer Lenny Carlier (pictured) who joined the efforts instructed the group to dig from the back of the hole to avoid it collapsing further