Beach hole gulps Olympic swimmer, spurring rescue

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Posted: May 09, 2011 12:46 PM
Beach hole gulps Olympic swimmer, spurring rescue

It took 60 rescuers two hours to free a member of the Austrian Olympic swim team who was buried in sand up to his neck on Florida's Pompano Beach.

Authorities say 19-year-old Jakub Maly had spent much of Sunday digging a hole that was 7 feet deep and 6 feet across. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that at 7 p.m., Maly jumped into the hole as a joke and sand collapsed around him.

Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King says the man was in danger of being crushed by the pressure from the sand. He was freed about 9 p.m. and taken to a hospital. He was treated and released.

King said the Austrian Olympic team has been training in South Florida since April. Sunday was an off day for team members.