Girl Buried Up To Neck In Pacifica landslide Rescued

A girl buried up to her neck in a landslide at a Pacifica beach is recovering after being rescued by a man who dug furiously to free her as debris rained down.

A steep section of the beach at the edge of an RV park gave way
Saturday afternoon, trapping the teenager and barely missing two
women who ran for help.

Witnesses said Michael Robert Keller ran down the hill and dug the girl out with his bare hands. She was hospitalized with minor injuries.

A section of the beach was closed as investigators looked into what caused the slide. Authorities also forced two dozen RVs to move because they were too close to the unstable hillside.

Angelina Ciucci of the North County Fire Authority said erosion
is an ongoing problem at hillsides along the coast.

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Information from: KGO-TV

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