Austrian Swimmer Buried in Sand in Pompano

Young man trapped after jumping into deep sand pit

A member of the Austrian National Swim Team had to be rescued Sunday afternoon after he accidentally buried himself in a hole in the sand at Pompano Beach.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Sandra King said 19-year-old Jakub Maly was spending the day with the team, who had the day off from practice, at the beach near 100 N. Ocean Blvd.

King said Maly dug a large hole, about seven feet deep and six feet wide, when he jumped in and it collapsed on him.

Fire Rescue crews were eventually able to dig him out after around three hours, finally freeing him around 8 p.m.

Maly was taken to North Broward Medical Center, and was later released..

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