Mon. Feb 26th, 2024



A 23-year-old man has died after being buried in sand on an Australian island, police have said.

Josh Taylor was at a campsite on Bribie Island in Queensland when he fell into a large hole on a beach and became trapped on Saturday.

He was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he died from his injuries on Thursday, Queensland Police said.

The force is investigating the incident and has urged witnesses or anyone who might have footage to come forward.

Mr Taylor was with friends at the beach when he fell into the hole, which is believed to have been dug to roast a pig in, according to Australian broadcaster ABC.

He was buried in the sand and could not be pulled out for some time, it reported.

Detectives said “there may be numerous people who were present and are yet to speak with police”.

The remote campsite is a popular tourist destination, north of Brisbane.

A report is being prepared for the coroner, Queensland Police added.

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A GoFundMe fundraiser has been organised for Mr Taylor’s parents and had raised more than $66,000 by Friday morning.

A statement on the web page read: “We come to you today with heavy hearts and ask for support for the Taylor family. The unimaginable has happened to their beloved son, Josh, a vibrant and adventurous soul who has brought so much joy to those around him.

“Recently, Josh experienced a tragic accident on Bribie Island… His family is now facing an incredibly challenging journey ahead.”



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