Three guys from Arizona on vacation in California were lounging out on the beach when they noticed some kids nearby digging holes. As soon as they realized what was happening, they got up and ran, while everyone else stood around and watched in horrified shock at what was in the sand.
Every year, the Frost family gets together for their annual reunion at Newport Beach in Orange County. While it’s always been a fun-filled event, this year was different. Another beach-goer not with the family began screaming for help when her toddler went missing, and 35-year-old Jesse Martin, with the Frost family reunion, couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked to where a group of kids was playing.
“I could see this lady down the beach with her hands on her head, just distraught. So I said to my family, ‘Let’s go help her,'” Martin explained to USA Today, before noting something really strange that caught him off guard. “She was around like 50 people, and none of them got up to help her. It was really odd.”
With the help of his twin brother Steve and his 50-year-old uncle Stuart Frost, the three men only had a description of blue swim trunks to go on when searching for the boy. As they combed the beach looking for the missing 3-year-old, they saw kids digging holes in the dirt in the area where the child’s mother said he was last seen. That’s when it hit them that he probably hadn’t escaped that area but had been buried alive.
The men immediately started looking in the huge holes the kids had created and didn’t see the toddler until they started digging deeper. Martin’s hand felt the boy about 3-feet beneath the surface of the sand from where they started digging and saw a shred of blue fabric that was from his swim trunks. The boy had been digging with the other kids on the beach when his hole collapsed on him.
The joy of finding the child was met with the terror of seeing his gray face, realizing that he had suffocated under the weight of the sand, but the heroes didn’t give up. “We started digging, and Jesse found this little boy, Brooks, and pulled him out. He was ash gray, he was dead. He was dead. So we pulled him out, and the mom was just beside herself,” Martin said.
The men immediately began CPR, and within seconds, the toddler’s lips started to quiver. Minutes later, the boy’s breath came back and he started screaming for his mother. The child was rushed to the closest hospital, and in a miraculous twist, he is said to be making a full recovery, triumphantly overcoming all odds after being buried alive and unable to breathe for a relatively substantial amount of time.
As for Martin and his family members who saved his life, they don’t feel that they deserve to be called heroes when they were just acting on their own parental instincts and doing what anyone should have.
It says a lot about the society we live in today that a distressed mother can be crying out for help in finding her lost toddler and a group of about 50 spectators stand by and do nothing. Thank goodness for good Samaritans like Martin and the Frost family, who didn’t think twice to help someone in need. Little Brooks is alive today because of their bravery.