A young boy is in the hospital after a sand tunnel he was digging into collapsed on top of him, trapping him before lifeguards were able to get him out.
The 12-year-old boy (Ezra Raphael ben Carmella) was attempting to dig a tunnel in the sand with his brother and some friends on a beach in Long Branch, N.J., when the walls collapsed over him, said Police Captain Jason Roebuck.
Someone saw the sand collapse and screamed for help from lifeguards, said Robach. The boy was pulled out, and lifeguards performed CPR on him as they waited for parademics.
A beachgoer from Staten Island said the boy wasn’t moving
“They were pumping him, pressing on his stomach, trying to bring him back,” she said. “They kept trying to revive him, pressing, pressing. There was blood coming out of his nose… He didn’t move.”
[caption id="attachment_1287" align="alignright" width="460"] An afternoon turned frightening for a boy after being trapped by collapsing sand in Long Beach. Brian Thompson has an early report.[/caption]
The boy was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center, where sources said he is in pediatric ICU. He is breathing.
Authorities said a fire truck responding to the scene hit a man holding his infant son. The truck hit the pair as it pulled into a street near the beach, knocking them both to the ground.
Both were taken to the Jersey Shore Medical Center. The father suffered some broken limbs.
The firefighter who was driving the truck was working his last shift before his retirement, officials said.
5TJT Reporter Moshe Zuckerman has just gotten an update from an hospital official and can report that as of this report the boy is still on a ventilator in the ICU.
Source: 5TJT News Team and NBC 4 NY