The 12-year-old’s friends thought he had died.

On July 4th, 12-year-old Nicholas Baer was walking near the water on the beach in Carlsbad when a plane was making an emergency landing. While it was bouncing and tumbling across the beach, Nicholas was struck in the head. The boy was rushed to the hospital and put into surgery. Nicholas had suffered a fracture to his skull and a concussion.

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Nicholas speaks with ABC News for the first time since the incident,
“I was kind of transitioning to skimboarding, and then the plane just came down.”

Video: ABC6