A day at the beach has turned to tragedy for the family of a
7-year-old boy who died after a hole he was digging collapsed
on him at a Northland beach.
District operations manager for St John Ambulance Tony
Devanney said the boy was digging a hole at about 1.30pm on
Pataua South beach when the sand collapsed on him,
Beach-goers and ambulance staff attempted to resuscitate the
boy, but he could not be saved, Mr Devanney said.