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Olympic ace rescued from beach hole

Published 09/05/2011 | 16:23

Sixty rescuers took two hours to free a member of the Austrian swimming team who got buried up to his neck in sand on a US beach (AP)
Sixty rescuers took two hours to free a member of the Austrian swimming team who got buried up to his neck in sand on a US beach (AP)

It took 60 rescuers two hours to free a member of the Austrian Olympic swim team who was buried in sand up to his neck on a US beach.

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Authorities said the 19-year-old had spent much of Sunday on Pompano Beach in Florida, digging a hole that was seven feet deep and six feet across. At around 7pm the man, whose name has not been released, jumped into the hole as a joke and sand collapsed around him.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said the man was in danger of being crushed by the pressure from the sand. He was freed at about 9 pm and taken to a hospital. His condition was unknown.

Ms King said the Austrian Olympic team has been training in South Florida since April. Sunday was a day off for team members.

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