Teen Buried In Sand: ‘I Thought I Was Going To Die’ - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com


Teen Buried In Sand: ‘I Thought I Was Going To Die’

KHQ.COM - California teen Matt Mina's day at the beach become a life-and-death struggle when he found himself buried alive under six feet of sand. His narrow escape from suffocation was captured on dramatic video by an onlooker who documented a crew of some 40 rescuers frantically digging to rescue the trapped teen.

The 17-year-old was an outing with pals at Newport Beach Wednesday afternoon, digging tunnels and trying to make them meet. But when Mina climbed into his hole, the surrounding sand collapsed and put him literally six feet under.

"I thought I was going to die," Mina told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry live via satellite from Orange, Calif., Thursday. "I was just really scared. I didn't know if anyone could hear me when I was screaming for help."

Thankfully, Mina's cousin had seen what happened and alerted lifeguards. While several beachgoers started to attempt to dig the trapped teen out, using improvised tools from swimming fins to boogie boards, search-and-rescue teams poured in from three communities.

The buzz of activity caught Skip Snead's eye. He had dropped his 10-year-old son off at a friend's house and was heading home when the saw fire trucks and police cars racing to the scene. Fearing that the rescuers might be looking for his own son, he followed them to the site. He had a video camera with him.

"I was frantically looking, making sure my kid wasn't the one buried in the sand," Snead, appearing alongside Mina on TODAY, told Curry and Lauer. "I was pretty scared, and when I found out it wasn't my son, I just let the camera roll."

As he did, Snead didn't think he was going to record a happy outcome. "We thought they were going to pull up a dead body." >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man who confessed to Cheney pot shop murder provides information on two other cases

    Man who confessed to Cheney pot shop murder provides information on two other cases

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-10-18 01:15:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been roughly one month since a Cheney man was murdered, at random, as he ate lunch inside his car. Cameron Smith's body was recovered days after the fatal shooting. Donavon Culps provided a full confession to the killing, and now he's providing information that he says will solve two other Washington murders.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been roughly one month since a Cheney man was murdered, at random, as he ate lunch inside his car. Cameron Smith's body was recovered days after the fatal shooting. Donavon Culps provided a full confession to the killing, and now he's providing information that he says will solve two other Washington murders.

    >>
  • Idaho State Police ask for help identifying bicyclist killed in hit and run crash on I-90

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:36 AM EDT2017-10-18 11:36:54 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police are asking for help identifying a bicyclist killed in hit and run crash on I-90 late Tuesday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 10pm Tuesday on I-90 at milepost 15.5 in Coeur d'Alene. According to Idaho State Police, an unknown vehicle struck a person on a bicycle in the westbound lane of travel.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police are asking for help identifying a bicyclist killed in hit and run crash on I-90 late Tuesday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 10pm Tuesday on I-90 at milepost 15.5 in Coeur d'Alene. According to Idaho State Police, an unknown vehicle struck a person on a bicycle in the westbound lane of travel.

    >>
  • PHOTOS: Detectives identify woman believed to have fraudulently withdrawn hundreds of dollars

    PHOTOS: Detectives identify woman believed to have fraudulently withdrawn hundreds of dollars

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:03:15 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives have identified the woman in the above photos thanks to help from the public.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives have identified the woman in the above photos thanks to help from the public.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/