Sand dune rescue
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Rescuers free man trapped in sand

26 March 2012 Last updated at 20:45 BST

A man had to be rescued after becoming trapped for three hours in a 10ft hole in a sand dune at a beach in Northumberland.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to Druridge Bay at about 16:00 BST on Sunday when the man became trapped while digging in dunes.

Specialist teams were called to rescue the 32-year-old man.

After being treated at the scene, he was flown to hospital in Newcastle.

He has now been discharged.