Dutch teen dies on Australian beach

15th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 August 2006, AMSTERDAM —A 15-year-old Dutch youth has died while playing on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

15 August 2006

AMSTERDAM —A 15-year-old Dutch youth has died while playing on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

He and his brothers, 11 and 13, were buried when the sides of a deep pit they dug in the sand gave way.

The youngest managed to free himself, and the other brother, who was trapped up to his neck, was freed after two hours. Emergency workers supplied with air as a small earthmover was used to remove the sand. He was then flown by trauma helicopter to hospital in Bundaberg.

The incident began on Tuesday morning (8am Dutch time) on the beach at Seventeen Seventy in Queensland, about 350 kilometres north of Brisbane.

The youngest boy alerted the police. They arrived in minutes but could do nothing for the eldest brother.

The pit was 1.8 metres deep. "They were just playing, like young people do, and were not aware of the risks," a police spokesperson said.

The brothers and their parents were on a five-week holiday to Australia and were due to return to the Netherlands in five days.

A 14-year-old Irish tourist died in Queensland in similar circumstances four years ago, according to news agency AAP. He was trapped when the walls of his 1-metre deep hole collapsed. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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