News State Queensland Man ‘on drugs’ rescued after being buried in sand up to his neck
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Man ‘on drugs’ rescued after being buried in sand up to his neck

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A man in his 20s was rescued after being buried in sand up to his neck. Photo: Queensland Police
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A man in his 20s may have been under the influence of drugs when he became buried in sand up to his neck.

He told his rescuers he was “chasing a dragon lizard” when sand collapsed around him at a Hervey Bay beach just after 11am on Thursday.

It’s believed he was under the influence of drugs when he became trapped at Urangan beach.

Firefighters trained in confined-space rescues dug sand away from the front of the man’s body until they could remove him safely from the hole.

Urangan Beach rescue

With our powers combined…a man's had a lucky escape today after becoming trapped beneath sand that collapsed around him at Urangan beach. Stellar effort by @QldFES, @QldAmbulance, local council and attending police who winched him to safety.

Posted by Queensland Police Service on Thursday, July 12, 2018

The effort, involving excavators, took more than three hours before he was successfully dug out about 2.45pm.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said he was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition after being dug out of the four-metre-deep hole.

Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance and the local council all took part in his rescue.

-with AAP

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