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Men trapped by Prestwick sand dune collapse

Two men have been rescued from a beach in Ayrshire after they got trapped by a collapsing sand dune.

It took fire crews about 40 minutes to free the men, who were stuck in sand up to their knees near a caravan park in Prestwick.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were taken to hospital to be treated for shock and mild hypothermia.

It appears they had been digging a hole in the sand dune when a large amount of sand slid down the slope.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue were called to the incident at St Andrews Caravan Park at 1905 BST.

Firefighters began to dig around the men using spades and shovels but, as they removed the sand, more was falling down the steep slope.

Fire crews then used boarding to prevent the sand falling towards the men.

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