NEWPORT BEACH — A Virginia teenager stopped by a local fire station Tuesday to thank the public safety personnel who rescued him last week after he became buried under some 7 feet of beach sand.
Matt Mina, 17, of Charlottesville, met with about 15 Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards at the Lido Station and, as a show of thanks, handed out a batch of almond-crusted cookies.
On Aug. 3, firefighters and lifeguards helped pull Mina out of the sand after a tunnel he was digging near the 54th Street beach caved in and left him buried alive for about 30 minutes.
Mina, who is visiting his aunt in Orange while on summer vacation, echoed warnings issued by firefighters since the accident not to dig sand tunnels or holes at the beach more than waist-deep.
"It's kinda deadly," Mina said.
At the firehouse on Tuesday morning, he described the harrowing experience of being trapped beneath the sand.