A 15-year-old boy was walking and swimming in Laguna Beach, California, on Wednesday afternoon when disaster struck, according to police and fire officials.
As the boy walked along a rocky oceanside area of Emerald Bay, a “boulder the size of a cooler” tumbled on him, fire officials told KABC.
Rescue crews got to the scene just before 3:30 p.m. to help the boy, whose arm was severed by the boulder and whose leg was also trapped, according to police.
A spokesman for the Laguna Beach Police Department described the injuries to the boy’s arm and leg as serious. Authorities told KABC that the rock partially amputated the teenager’s right arm.
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By 4:15 p.m., the trapped boy had been removed from the rocks and was being flown to a nearby trauma center, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Airbags were used to free him from the rocks, fire officials told KABC.
The rocky, cliff-side area where the teen was stuck is about 100 feet away from the shore, Patch reports.
Photos from the scene posted by Laguna Beach police show lifeguard trucks, a helicopter and rescuers scrambling to help the boy along a rocky area that juts out from the sandy beach.
The boy is being treated at the University of California Irvine Hospital, officials said.