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German tourist rescued from self-dug hole on Spanish beach

Published: 22 Sep 2010 14:47 GMT+02:00

The young man had apparently planned to connect two holes more than two metres deep with a tunnel, but the sand collapsed around him, trapping him up to his neck for almost two hours.

His girlfriend called emergency services, who rushed to the scene in a helicopter and managed to pull the man out uninjured with the help of other nearby beachgoers.

"He had built a three-metre (10-foot) deep hole when the sand buried him," a Tenerife fire department spokeswoman told news agency AFP, adding that five vehicles and 15 fire fighters were involved in the rescue.

Click here for a video of the beach rescue.

Spanish newspaper Diario de Avisos charged the vacationer with stupidly endangering himself and forcing the massive rescue operation.

“Foolishness cost the Canary Islands taxpayers €20,000,” the paper wrote.

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 collapsed around him, AFP reported.

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16:44 September 22, 2010 by anglesaxon
was his grandad in the 1st world war?these krautos have been digging holes ever since [zey vill av to shtopp it shnell] they make the beach look like a swiss cheese....there should be signs saying "betreten des grundstucks verboten"
18:05 September 22, 2010 by NYsteve
This, I believe, is the "Darwin Theory" at work but intervention saved his skin....
18:24 September 22, 2010 by heathen
What a dumbfoo...

Digging a 10 foot hole while on vacation? Dude is obviously not normal as most 23 year dudes would spend that amount of time not digging 10 foot holes in the sand, but trying to get laid.
19:49 September 22, 2010 by basem
TOURIST ATRACTION:

Come to Gaza and dig as much you can,

Free rescue on the house or on the other side of the border (in Israel)also free you might get a free ticket home,

ALL INCLUSIVE

TRY" Hammass Beer"
20:47 September 22, 2010 by wxman
It was sand. Sand, for Pete's sake! I hope this young fella isn't pursuing an engineering degree. He might want to consider custodial or fast food employment to stay within his limited skill range.
20:58 September 22, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
I agree! ABout getting laid.
09:04 September 23, 2010 by auniquecorn
Must have an ugly girlfriend.
09:33 September 23, 2010 by vjtheking
Dust thou art, to Dust returneth !!
09:54 September 23, 2010 by moistvelvet
It is terrible to imagine that this idiot might have already done national service, hoorar for German conscripts protecting the nation. He was 23 for christs sakes, what was he thinking? Obviously not about beer and all the half naked women around him as any normal 23 year old lad would do.

Actually I know why he did, it is obvious. After hearing so much about the threat from the evil empire that is 'Google', objecting to having his home on Street View wasn't good enough, he had to stick his head in the sand literally just to make sure he was safe.
09:58 September 23, 2010 by lordkorner
Been on holidays a few times on the beautiful Island of Usedom,and I always have to smile to myself at the amount of hole digging and building of sand walls carried out by adult males,instead of lying back and having a cold one,is it a case of have spade,must dig or is it in the genes??
10:16 September 23, 2010 by vjtheking
@lordkorner - Maybe this bloke did have a 'cold one'. Which is why he was digging holes rather than doing them !! :D
18:12 September 23, 2010 by DinhoPilot
I wonder why germans have this tendency to dig themselves head in the sand?

Maybe he was afraid an auslander would find out he is german. Maybe he was expressing is view on immigration? Maybe is view about women? Who knows!

LOL!
03:17 September 24, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Sand should be banned!
05:49 September 24, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"Spanish newspaper Diario de Avisos charged the vacationer with stupidly endangering himself and forcing the massive rescue operation."

You mean "accused the vacationer," right? "Charged" makes it sound like they pressed charges or something.
10:52 September 24, 2010 by tallady
No more buddeln sache allowed
12:58 September 24, 2010 by pattumaami
Poor young man.. why everyone are scloding him...

He has all rights to decide what he wants to do on his vacation...

Accidents happen all the time everywehere around the world... I'm happy that he's saved..
01:39 September 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Sand doesn't kill people. People kill people. Sometimes with sand.
02:10 September 25, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
@Prufrock2010 - True. The solution is to license sand movement. All movements of sand must be pre-authorized by Brussels................
05:47 September 25, 2010 by JohnPaul44
In spite of my smartass remarks, I am glad he was saved. However, I don't think he should now be allowed to reproduce and pass on his stupidity to the next generation.
08:59 September 25, 2010 by MichaSeifert-Weiss
It astounds me that so many people here are so ignorant and post so many hateful comments about Germans, and about a man whom they do not even know! Why do you read these columns if you have no positive interest in other people? Or is it that you have interest, but only of the mercenary sort, and you live in Germany to gain only financially. What is wrong with some of you?! So a young man of 23 goes to the beach, possibly for the first time - who knows - and gets himself into trouble; big deal: He's having an adventure and was trying to have fun. The number of people from the US and from the UK and Ireland who cause enormous difficulties for themselves and emergency workers in Australia is through the roof! We don't all bitch in Australia about the Americans and Brits, Irish and whoever else having accidents. Get over yourselves.
12:00 September 25, 2010 by JohnPaul44
@DavidtheNorseman

I agree that sand movement should be licensed. I have experienced a few sandstorms, and if we don't pass laws to stop it, that sand will hunt you down no matter where you hide!
13:46 September 25, 2010 by annan1063
I am an American from the USA and I live in Deutschland and I think this guy was an idiot. no matter if he is German or not...stupid is as stupid does...
15:04 September 25, 2010 by blufx1963
Ten foot hole. I'm impressed!
16:14 September 25, 2010 by Albertaclipper
Well, lets lay the blame squarely where it belongs. The Spanish Government. As a matter of fact this young man should sue for the distress and anquish he went through. Imagine ,, no warning signs on the beach such as NO TUNNELING etc. Kind of like the Aussies sueing the Canadian government for being attacked by bears in Banff. ( a national wildlife park)
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