A 17-year-old who was trapped under 6 feet of beach sand for 20 minutes said Thursday that he didn't know if he was going to survive after a tunnel he was building at Newport Beach collapsed.
"I thought I was going to die," the teenager, identified as Matt Mina, told NBC's "Today" show Thursday. "I was just really scared. I didn't know if anyone could hear me when I was screaming for help."
Mina, who lives in Virginia, was visiting his aunt and uncle in Orange County. He and a cousin had decided to go to the beach for the day.
The tunnel Mina was digging collapsed just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and it took dozens of lifeguards and beachgoers 20 minutes to free him.
"I heard people, [but] I was fading in and out," Mina said. "I was kind of unconscious underneath the sand."
Mina was taken to an area hospital and later released. His mother thanked his rescuers Thursday.