H-VENTURA COUNTY

Aug 23, 2012 2:58 AM by Associated Press

Sandpit collapses, Korean student dies at beach in Oxnard

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - A 20-year-old exchange student from Korea died after he lay down in a 6-foot-deep sandpit he and some fellow students had dug on a Southern California beach and it collapsed on him.

The Oxnard Fire Department said in a statement that students from Masters College had dug the pit while spending the day at Oxnard Beach Park on Wednesday and the man became buried after climbing into it.

Firefighters arrived and immediately began digging with tools and hands, but it took 15 minutes to free him.

CPR was performed on the man as he was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, but he was declared dead at the hospital.

The man's name and Korean hometown have not been released because his relatives have not yet been notified of his death.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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