Man buried alive in Auckland

A man is in a critical condition after he was buried in a three metre hole in Auckland.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Settlement Road in Papakura just before 1pm today.

Fire and Emergency staff helped dig the man out using shovels and handtools.

A police spokesperson said it was a workplace related incident and the patient was airlifted to hospital.

A St John spokesperson said the patient was in a critical condition when they were transported from the scene.

WorkSafe has been notified and is making preliminary inquiries.

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