Boy who was buried alive describes terror

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Boy who was buried alive describes terror, An 11-year-old Michigan boy who survived being buried alive for nearly 30 minutes under a sand hill says it was thoughts of his family that carried him through.

Nicholas Nelson was digging in a sandpit with his older brother, Kyle, outside their home in Saranac, Mich., about 25 miles from Grand Rapids, on Sunday afternoon when one of the tunnels he was digging collapsed on him, according to Ionia County authorities.

The frantic 911 call made by 16-year-old Kyle as his brother was buried underneath nearly a foot of sand captures the life-and-death situation that followed.

“Me and my brother were digging in a sandpit and it collapsed and my brother is stuck under there now,” Kyle said to the dispatcher. “I tried to get him out, but I couldn’t dig fast enough.”

Kyle was soon aided by the brothers’ mother, Aimee Nelson, and her boyfriend in feverishly trying to dig Nicholas out from beneath the sand.

“I didn’t know where he was because the sand pushed him down,” Nelson told ABC News.

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