An Australian man who was buried alive after falling into a beach pit that had been dug to roast a pig has died.
Josh Taylor, 23, was with a group of friends when he accidentally tumbled into the deep hole that had been dug on a beach on Bribie Island off the coast of Queensland last Saturday.
The walls collapsed in on him and he was buried alive. Friends and passersby frantically tried to dig him out, but he was buried so deep that it took some time to pull him from the sand, during which he was unconscious.
Wildlife rangers were also involved in the rescue effort. Once he was extricated, paramedics administered CPR – it took 40 minutes for his pulse to return.
He was flown by helicopter to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane in a critical condition. After five days in intensive care, he died of his injuries on Thursday.
Queensland Police said that detectives are making “further investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident”. Officers believe there may be “numerous people who were present and are yet to speak with police”.
They are also appealing for anyone with dash camera footage to come forward – vehicles are allowed to drive on many Australian beaches.
‘Most courageous person we will ever know’
Mr Taylor’s life support was switched off on Thursday, his family said.
“He fought as hard as he could and is the most courageous person we will ever know,” the family said in a statement.
They called him “the best son, brother, boyfriend and mate we could all have wished for”, adding. “Unfortunately, the injuries he received were too severe for him to overcome.”
They said he would be missed “every minute of every day” and added: “Goodbye mate, until we see each other again.”
He was described as “a vibrant and adventurous soul who has brought so much joy to those around him”.
Bribie Island lies about 40 miles north of Brisbane and is a popular camping and fishing spot.