Beachgoers tried frantically to revive a 7-year-old boy found
lifeless on the beach where he had been playing at a popular
Northland holiday spot.
The child was discovered about 1.30pm yesterday with his head
buried in a hole he had dug at Frog Town beach in Pataua
South, near Whangarei.
The district operations manager for St John Ambulance, Tony
Devanney, said resuscitation attempts by people at the scene,
teamed with paramedics who arrived by ambulance and
helicopter, were unsuccessful.
"He was digging a hole and went down head first into the hole
to have a look," he said.
"It collapsed all around him and pinned him in there.
"People there pulled him out of the hole and started CPR
resuscitation. He was found deceased or lifeless. We arrived
and continued the resuscitation for quite a while,
"It's horrible, it just happened while he was playing, as
Paramedics were flown to the scene of the accident by the
Northland Emergency Services Trust helicopter, he said.
Residents at the popular holiday spot said it was understood
the child was a local boy who had ties to an old homestead on
The accident occurred in front of the homestead on the Maori
land, at the opposite end of the beach frequented by
holidaymakers from a nearby campground.
- Morgan Tait of the New Zealand Herald