German man rescued from hole he dug on Spanish beach

22nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Firefighters rescued a 23-year-old German tourist Wednesday after a hole he spent hours digging at a beach on Spain's Canary Islands collapsed and buried him up to his head, local official said.

The man was buried under the sand on the beach on the island of Tenerife for nearly two hours before firefighters who were alerted by his girlfriend were able to free him unharmed, a spokeswoman for Tenefire firefighters said.

"He had built a three-metre (10-foot) deep hole when the sand buried him," she said, adding that five vehicles and 15 firefighters were involved in the rescue.

The hole was to be part of a tunnel which the unidentified man planned to build on the beach.

In July a 12-year-old Swiss boy died after a tunnel he dug in sand dunes with his two brothers at a beach at Castello d'Empuries in northwestern Spain collpased around him.

© 2010 AFP

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