• Germany's news in English
 

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.

DPA/AFP/The Local/ka

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

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)
Today's headlines
EU investigates Germany over airport security
Photo: DPA

EU investigates Germany over airport security

The European Commission said on Thursday that it had referred Germany to the EU Court of Justice for failing to regularly check up on its airport security measures at some airports. READ  

Germans want to keep their hands on cash
Germans still trust cash over other forms of payment. Photo: DPA

Germans want to keep their hands on cash

Confirming conservative stereotypes, Germans have come out strongly in favour of sticking to hard cash in conducting transactions, a survey published on Thursday showed. READ  

This week in history
Fassbinder: New German Film's Enfant Terrible
Rainer Fassbinder on set in 1977. Photo: DPA

Fassbinder: New German Film's Enfant Terrible

On Sunday May 31st, Rainer Weiner Fassbinder, one of the most influential German film directors, would have turned 70 - had it not been for his death at the age of 37 in 1982. The Local takes a look back at the life and work of the enfant terrible of New German Cinema. READ  

Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo
Photo: DPA

Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo

German scientists are trialling a special scalp-cooling cap which helps reduce hair loss for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. READ  

Industry: 'doped' growth boosting economy
A man assembling food processors in a Wuppertal factory. Photo: DPA

Industry: 'doped' growth boosting economy

The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) warned on Thursday that a fresh burst of economic confidence might be unfounded, even as they raised their growth projections for 2015. READ  

Slow-moving fighter jet blocks Autobahn traffic
A Eurofighter jet stopped up traffic on Thursday because it was so wide. Photo: DPA.

Slow-moving fighter jet blocks Autobahn traffic

A damaged Eurofighter plane being pulled by a truck along the autobahn was so wide that it blocked three lanes of traffic on its way to being repaired in Bavaria on Thursday, drawing the ire of fellow drivers. READ  

Right-wing leader suffers restaurant attack
AfD co-leader Frauke Petry. Photo: DPA

Right-wing leader suffers restaurant attack

Frauke Petry, co-leader of Alternative for Germany (AfD), was attacked by masked assailants while eating in a restaurant on Wednesday evening. READ  

Court rejects case against US drone strikes
An American MQ-9 "Reaper" unmanned drone. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Paul Ridgeway/dpa

Court rejects case against US drone strikes

A German court on Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a US base on its territory to operate deadly drones. READ  

Gay marriage: Germany still says 'No'
A gay couple in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA.

Gay marriage: Germany still says 'No'

Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved a raft of draft measures to extend the rights of same-sex couples, but faced criticism for allowing only civil unions, not full gay marriage. READ  

Spectre of Greece haunts G7 Dresden meeting
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble welcomes his G7 colleagues to Dresden. Photo: DPA

Spectre of Greece haunts G7 Dresden meeting

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven wealthiest nations gathered in Dresden Thursday to discuss the global economy and tax evasion, but the Greek crisis was also high on everyone's minds. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Travel
Why the train strike is bad for passengers and workers
National
Meet Germany's Eurovision hope
Business & Money
Is 2015 a new moment for jobsharing?
Features
How the LGBT rights movement was born in Germany
National
Why you don't make bomb jokes at the airport
National
Why Germany needs a little less tipple
National
Who Germans and Americans trust... and don't
Politics
What the UK election means for Germany
National
Why Germany is great for mums
Features
The Germans with GI dads
Five ways Germany falls short on gay rights
Travel
Giant tortoise found riding Munich rail
National
FCK CPS? A-OK with court
Politics
Opinion: Brexit's dangers for Germany
Features
Smart kids all want to work for BMW
National
Minister shows off top Denglisch
National
Germany's 'other genocide' in Africa
National
Arms firms get a 'must do better' mark on ethics
Sport
Bayern's anticlimactic 25th Bundesliga win
Politics
A Greek learning politics in Germany
Features
The battle of the "Gates of Berlin"
National
Germany's 'very poor' lobbying record
National
Germany's favourite baby names of 2014
Politics
Merkel's 15 years at the top of German politics
Travel
Lowest of the low: how woman exploited Germanwings crash
Features
Spice up asparagus season with The Local's serving suggestions
Sport
Football and the €30,000 firework
Technology
Why scientists oppose killer robots
National
'Cannibal cop' gets 8 years
National
Which city is Germany's worst for drivers?
Technology
Electrifying 'Ostalgia'
National
Cologne Cathedral returns from space
Pupils mourn lost classmates
National
Freed after 25 years on death row
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
10 things you didn’t know about Zagreb (and why you should go)
Is your workload 'out of control'? You're not alone...
Sponsored Article
What expat parents should ask before choosing a school
Features
Paddy's Day, Berlin style
National
Why east Germans are happy to get it on on camera
National
Uplifting thoughts to get you through the last week of winter
National
What would you do with a 250-year-old pretzel?
National
Who wants the Olympics more - Hamburg or Berlin?
Features
Just why is the German flag Schwarz, Rot, Gold?
Business & Money
Getting German workers and bosses thinking positive
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

6,693
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd