Toddler Goes Missing On Beach - And That's When 3 Men Notice Holes Being Dug In Sand

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Three men became heroes at a California beach after they helped save a 3-year-old boy's life.

Stuart Frost, 50, was playing games at the beach with his family when his nephew, Jesse Martin, 35, ran over and asked for help. Martin said there was a mother frantically looking for her missing son.

"I could see this lady down the beach with her hands on her head, just distraught," Frost told USA Today. "So I said to my family, 'Let’s go help her.' She was around like 50 people, and none of them got up to help her. It was really odd."

Frost and his family, about 30 people total, jumped into action, searching the beach for the toddler. 

Frost, his twin brother Steve, and Martin noticed children digging holes near where the toddler was last seen. They went over and searched the holes, digging deeper in the sand. Martin spotted blue swim trunks in the sand and felt the boy while he was digging. They realized that the 3-year-old had collapsed inside a hole he was digging.

"We started digging, and Jesse found this little boy, Brooks, and pulled him out," Frost said. "He was ash gray, he was dead. He was dead. So we pulled him out, and the mom was just beside herself."

Frost said that he, his brother, and Martin started giving the boy CPR. It seemed like it may not be working, but after a minute, the toddler's lips began to quiver. After several minutes, he began breathing again and screamed for his mother.

The boy was rushed to the hospital and made a full recovery.

"One of the neat things about the story is that later that day, the family came over and showed us a picture of him laughing and smiling and doing OK," Frost said. "It was truly a miracle."

While the three men have been called heroes for saving the toddler's life, Martin told the Orange County Register that's not the case.

"I’m not a hero. I have two kids of my own, it scares me. I just like to help out and help anyone we can," Martin said. "I knew [the mom] was frantic and scared. Kids have gotten away from me, I know the feeling. I just tried to jump in and help."

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