Teenager buried alive, rescued at beach

Los Angeles (KTLA/CNN) – A 17-year-old was buried alive at the beach in Los Angeles, CA, and managed to walk away unhurt.

"It was kind of a nice day for the beach, it was all hot out," said Matt Mina. "We went to the water and it was freezing cold so I decided to dig a hole."

Mina was buried up to 7 feet for nearly a half-four. About a dozen people jumped in to try to free the teen.

"I was just going to make a cool tunnel, something fun," Mina said. "It got a little deep and suddenly collapsed."

"These incidents have a high fatality rate. Essentially, the person is buried alive," said Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles. "In this case, he was a good 5 to 7 feet below the surface."

While witnesses and officers tried to rescue Mina, he screamed for help and eventually passed out.

"When you see that many people searching in that big of an area all digging with shovels in different spots, and it goes on for 10 minutes and then 15 minutes, and like 25 minutes later they're still digging," said eyewitness, Skip Snead. "Everybody expected him to be dead."

"When I woke up I could feel arms pulling me and eventually I just got pulled out," Mina said. "I thought I was going to die. I was laying there kind of accepting death."

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