Man spends several hours buried up to his neck after being swallowed by sinkhole [photos]

UPDATE at 5:20 PM | A MAN who was buried alive after a 4m sinkhole opened up on a beach on Queensland’s Fraser Coast has been freed following a delicate three-hour rescue mission.

The 29-year-old man was reportedly chasing a bearded dragon when the ground caved in beneath him and he was buried in sand up to his chin at Urangan around 11.30am on Thursday.

Police say the man is known to them and may have been affected by drugs at the time.


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It’s understood he was trapped for several hours before witnesses heard his screams for help.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said it took emergency crews three hours to free the man after the “ground collapsed beneath and around him”.

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Paramedics, police, firefighters and local council crews worked together to retrieve the man.

They used shovels, buckets and their bare hands to dig the man out before an excavator was called in.

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Queensland Ambulance said it was a “very difficult” operation.

The man was eventually winched out of the huge hole shortly after 3pm.

(Source: Supplied/Queensland Police)

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FIRST at 1:00 PM | EMERGENCY services are working to free a man buried up to his neck in sand on a beach at Hervey Bay.

The 29-year-old man was reportedly chasing a lizard when the ground collapsed underneath him at Urangan around 11.30am on Thursday.

Police, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene attempting to free the man who is trapped, buried in sand up to his neck in what police are calling a ‘sinkhole’.

Heavy machinery has been brought in to help free the man.