Teen Saved From High Tide After Being Buried In Sand

North Carolina officials are warning beachgoers about burying people in the sand after a 16-year-old nearly drowned when the tide came in over his head.

The Associated Press reported that the teenager from New Jersey was buried neck-deep while sitting cross-legged in wet sand at Bald Head Island Sunday afternoon when the tide came in.

Public Safety Chief Chip Munna said beachgoers used plastic shovels to try and dig the boy out. He said bystanders created dams and sand walls to block the waves, and one person found a snorkel so the boy could breathe. Emergency personnel eventually dug the boy out.

Munna said people buried in the sand should not be left alone, and that anyone playing in the sand should stay above the tide line.


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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    Wow, Darwinism at its finest!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    I'm glad the kid is ok and I hope that the experience taught him and the others involved a lesson. That said, one of the funniest things I ever saw at the beach was a guy being buried in the sand and afterwards his friends put food on top of him. The gulls dove down at him while he was screeching like a little girl. Hopefully that taught those guys a lesson as well. It really was funny to watch though.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 19, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    Being stupid is not just a "Yankee" trait, we Southerns do a good job also. Just read the news.
  • by voter Location: nc on Aug 19, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    D @10:51, sure they have beaches,,,,that's where they keep their medical waste.
  • by faye on Aug 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    ok, ok!! I get it.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    Yankees!
  • by friends Location: g'vlle on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    With friends like that, who needs enemies. Thank goodness there folks around to help him.
  • by Dave Location: L.A. on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    NJ kid buried up to his neck below the tide line...Sounds like a mob hit to me... And Faye, all I can say is wow, I've been sunburnt in Alaska before, and yeah, they too have beaches...heck I'm pretty well tanned and still get a good burn every now and then 60-70 miles from the beach...
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Faye, they call it the shore. If you ever get the opportunity to check it out, wear sunscreen:) Sun tans are actually a sign that your skin has been damaged. You can go to Tampa, FL and check out all the leathery skinned people. That's not healthy.
  • by D on Aug 19, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Faye, you do know NJ has a coast right?
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