A teenager boy was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after being buried for several hours when a dune collapsed.
Friends of the 14-year-old managed to dig his head clear but he was trapped by the weight of sand and the emergency services fought to free him. He was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary suffering from bruising, but was later described as "fit and well".
The youngster had been playing with friends on the beach at Bamburgh on the afternoon of Saturday, August 12, when it is understood he became trapped by a falling dune.
A Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter was called, as were personnel from the Coastguard and North East Ambulance Service.
"It was quite a long rescue.
"They managed to get his head free so he could breathe. The weight of the sand was the issue.
"We took a doctor to the scene so they could get to him as soon as he was freed."
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