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News in 5: Boy survives being buried in sand; Queen's likely replacement; Guide dog warning.

1. “I was shouting for help and no one could hear me.” 11yo boy’s survival after being ‘buried alive’ while playing on a South Australia beach.

A young boy and his mother have had the scare of a lifetime, after the sand in which the 11-year-old was digging collapsed and buried the boy alive on a beach south of Adelaide.

“It all collapsed on me… I was shouting out for help and no one could barely hear me,” Jordan Spraggs told Nine News about the incident yesterday at Horseshoe Bay behind Port Elliot Caravan Park.

More than a metre of sand fell in and on top of the boy, covering him completely “up to an inch above my head”.

“(My mum) shovelled all the sand around my face and she got it all out of my mouth, so I could breathe,” he said.

A friend, who had been digging in the sand nearby told Channel Seven he heard Jordan’s screams and looked around to find the boy had completely disappeared.

“He was covered, completely up to here,” Liam Browne said.

WATCH: Jordan’s friends recalling the ordeal, on Seven News

Onlookers quickly rushed to help with Darien Bauer telling Nine News he was trying to calm the boy’s distraught mother while also trying to think of a way to help him breath.

“His mum was quite hysterical. I just said to her we need to find something for him to breathe with – some kind of tube,” he said.

He rushed to the nearby caravan park and enlisted the help of an off-duty police officer.

“We got a snorkel out the back of the car and ran down there and then obviously when we rocked up, it was fairly well buried in,” policeman Lenny Carlier said.

“I just got everyone to dig behind and then slowly move towards the hole.”

It took half-an-hour to rescue the boy who was breathing the whole time through the snorkel, unable to move.

He was taken to hospital after being freed, though is in a good condition following the ordeal.

“I just want to say thank you,” Jordan said to the police officers and strangers who helped in the rescue efforts.

2. A Melbourne teenager who was dragged 50m along the road in a violent carjacking faces her alleged attackers in court.

Taylor Hall after the carjacking. Image via Nine News.
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A teenager who was dragged 50m along the road after a horrific car jacking has faced her alleged attackers in court.

Damien Grimsy, 23, and Eddie Wells, 30, shook hands as they entered the dock yesterday to face a magistrate, Nine News reports. Both are accused of stealing 18-year-old Taylor Hall’s convertible in January.

They laughed and talked throughout yesterday's proceedings, yelling to the magistrate intermittently, with Grimsy saying: "We'll be doing 10 years with you as a magistrate," Nine News reports.

Meanwhile, Taylor is still missing teeth from the attack.

"It was out-of-the-blue. They just jumped straight into our car, yelling at us to get out of the vehicle," Hall said in an interview from her hospital bed in January, Nine News reports.

"I pushed my friend out of the car and then I was like 'please just give me my dog’.

"They went to pass the dog to me, but (the dog) obviously had her lead on so she couldn’t get out.

"So I tried to take her off - they weren’t moving at this time - but then he just took off, put his foot down on the accelerator."

According to Nine News, Grimsy and Wells are accused to driving at least 50mat almost 30km/h before the car struck a curb and Taylor was thrown off.

They are expected to return to court next month where plea deals will be discussed.

3. Alarming footage of police repeatedly tasering a man on a Sydney bus has now been made public.

The footage was shared on social media. Image via Nine News.
The footage was shared on social media. Image via Nine News.
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A man has been tasered by police on a Sydney bus with the graphic footage shared on social media, AAP reports.

The video, obtained by the Nine Network and shared on Twitter, shows a police officer on Thursday afternoon asking a 37-year-old male passenger to get off the bus, but the man resists, prompting the officer to draw his Taser.

Passengers are seen moving away as the man screams while police try to detain him.

The officers were performing stationary random breath tests on Anzac Parade at Moore Park on Thursday afternoon when the bus stopped nearby and the driver signalled for police assistance, a NSW Police spokesman told AAP.

"He was just harassing people... continually talking to them and swearing at them and pushing them," a passenger on the bus told Nine News.

"(It was a) kind of loud, unruly, kind of behaviour."

Police were told the man allegedly assaulted two other bus passengers and when they attempted to speak to him, he refused to co-operate and resisted police, the spokesman said.

He was tasered after allegedly assaulting a police officer.

The 37-year-old has been arrested and taken to Surry Hills Police Station.

4. In her clearest indication yet, the Queen has hinted at who she wants to replace her on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018. Image via Getty.
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At the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth said it's her "sincere wish" that the Commonwealth will continue under her son, Charles, the Prince of Wales.

This is the most explicit sign she's given yet that the throne will be passed onto Charles, and comes just days before her 92nd birthday on April 21.

"It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father," she said.

The Queen said the Commonwealth started with just eight nations under her father King George VI in 1949, but now has more than 2.4 billion citizens.

"Who then - or in 1952, when I became Head of the Commonwealth - would have guessed that a gathering of its member states would one day number 53, or that it would comprise 2.4 billion people?" she said, The Telegraph reports.

"As another birthday approaches this week, I am reminded of the extraordinary journey we have been on, and how much good has been achieved."

The Prince of Wales watched on from a small audience. Beside him was his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and two sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

5. "An amazing effort." Firefighters in NSW have saved 900 homes from a fire that blazed through just over 3800 hectares.

Photo taken on April 15, 2018 shows firemen tackling a bushfire burning at Voyager Point, south of Sydney. Image via Getty.
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Close to 900 homes were saved during a huge bushfire southwest of Sydney that might have been deliberately lit, firefighters say.

As police continue to investigate the cause of the fire on Thursday, NSW Rural Fire Service building impact assessment teams completed a survey of the impacted suburbs near the Holsworthy military range.

Firefighters and residents saved 888 homes, six facilities and one outbuilding across the weekend and early this week.

Five properties were damaged, including one by wind, however, only one cubby house was destroyed.

"(It was) a pretty amazing effort for a fire that burnt just a little more than 3800 hectares," RFS spokesman Greg Allan said in a recorded message.

NSW Police have questioned and cleared four men aged between 18 and 21 who appeared on a Snapchat video laughing near flames.

The footage was forwarded to Bankstown officers on Tuesday morning and on Wednesday the men spoke to police about the video, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP.

They were released without being charged and were disregarded from any further investigations after detectives discovered the video was created on Monday evening in the Barden Ridge area.

Investigations are continuing into the blaze, which started in Casula on Saturday afternoon and is the subject of an investigation by Strikeforce Carpi.

Firefighters finally got the upper hand on Tuesday night declaring it under control more than four days after it broke out.

Mr Allan said smoke may continue to linger around Sydney.

"Although (the fire) is contained and well within containment lines there will be some smouldering," he said.

"It will be monitored and patrolled where needed over the coming days."

6. A partially-blind woman in Sydney is pleading with the public to leash their dogs, after her guide dog Poppi was attacked.

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A partially-blind Sydney woman who relies on her four-legged best friend to survive is pleading with pet owners to keep their dogs on a leash.

It comes after a survey found 80 per cent of guide dogs have been attacked by unleashed dogs, prompting Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to launch the In Your Hands campaign.

Guide dog handler Liz Wheeler, who only has five per cent vision, recalls her own traumatic experience when she was trapped on the road with her labrador guide dog Poppi as two small unleashed dogs tried to maul her pooch.

"The owner was there but he was unable to control them," Ms Wheeler told AAP on Thursday.

"She (Poppi) never got aggressive back, she just kept trying to get away."

Poppi received some nasty bites on her belly in the altercation, and despite this, the guide dog managed to guide a disoriented, confused and in-shock Ms Wheeler home.

Before Poppi came into her life three years ago, Ms Wheeler says she wasn't able to leave her house, cross the road or even cook, as her sight deteriorated.

"Things had got quite dire but within three months (after receiving Poppi) life had just turned around," Ms Wheeler said.

"I trust her with my life."

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT chief executive Dale Cleaver said attacks and distractions compromise the safety and independence of both the handler and guide dog.

The In Your Hands campaign aims to make the public aware of keeping dogs on their leashes and in control when around working guide dogs, Mr Cleaver said.

Aside from attacks, the survey also revealed working guide dogs experience high levels of everyday distractions from other dogs, causing their handlers to experience anxiety, a loss of confidence, and have their safety and independence compromised.

A further 22 per cent of attacks were by dogs on a leash, but not controlled by the owner, the survey revealed.

WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO AROUND A GUIDE DOG:

* Keep your pet dog on a leash and under control when out and about

* If you see a loose dog, please alert your local council

* If you see a working guide dog in harness, please give it and its handler space

* Don't pat, feed or otherwise distract a working guide dog. A well-intentioned pat can undo months of training.

* When approaching a guide dog team with your dog, please clearly introduce yourself to the person and say you have a dog with you.

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