TWELVE-year-old California boy dies after sand tunnel on beach collapses on top of him

Monday, July 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A 12-year-old boy who was pulled by beachgoers from a sand dune that collapsed on top of him has died.

Michael Newell of Cameron Park had been playing with a friend Friday around the dunes near Dillon Beach, about 60 miles northwest of San Francisco.

Newell was inside a hole they had dug in the dune when it collapsed, said Capt. Ken Carter of the Marin County Fire Department.

``He was completely buried for five to six minutes,'' paramedic Ron Alves said.

Beachgoers pulled out the unconscious boy, and paramedics were able to revive him before loading him onto a helicopter. He died at a hospital Sunday.