US boy buried alive under tonnes of snow

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Joshua Demarest played football and was part of the French club at school

A boy has died after his snow fort collapsed in upstate New York and buried him under tonnes of snow.

Joshua Demarast, 12, died but his friend Tyler Day was found alive after being submerged for hours. Seven tonnes of snow was removed in the rescue.

A snow plough might have triggered the collapse, and Tyler told police he heard bleeps before “it went black”.

The boys made their fort while playing in a huge snow bank formed by street clearances in Greenwich.

Investigators were called by Tyler’s sister after he had not returned home by 17:00 local time.

Police, assisted by search dogs, followed the boys’ tracks from their home and found their sled beside the mound of snow.

“I bet they moved seven tons of snow easily out of that pile by hand, shovels, snow rakes,” Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said at a news conference.

Rescuers were shocked to find the second boy alive in a pocket of air.

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A rose was placed atop the snow mound on Wednesday

“You can actually see the little pocket in that huge bank that he survived in and it is nothing short of a miracle,” said Mr Bell.

It was “a true accident,” said Mr Bell.

“That’s all I can tell you. A tragedy all the way around. There was no way that anybody could have seen the kids burrowed in back there.”

Department of Public Works Superintendent Leo Flynn says it would have been impossible for his workers to have seen the teens beneath the snow.

“The guys are devastated,” said Mr Flynn. “I mean again, they’re all firemen. They all have kids in the school and grandkids and yeah, they’re struggling with it.”

US boy buried alive under tonnes of snow

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