The latest death caused by the scourge of sand holes, which continues to take the lives of young people, is being investigated by authorities in coastal North Carolina. The youngster who died was stuck in a hole excavated in the sand.
The National Park Service released a statement announcing the death of the 17-year-old male on Saturday afternoon in Frisco, a small Outer Banks tourist town near the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
According to the park service, park rangers reacted to a 911 call about a youngster believed to be trapped in a hole excavated in a back-dune region behind the beach’s primary dune along the Atlantic Ocean.
A nearby dune appears to have fallen into the pit, burying the adolescent beneath several feet of sand.
The teen was rescued by rangers and other emergency personnel while receiving CPR, according to the park service, who also worked with family members. The Virginian kid, who lived in Chesapeake, could not be revived.
The park service issued a statement on Saturday saying, “We strongly advise visitors not to dig deep holes on the beach due to the danger they present to beachgoers and emergency response staff.”
A park service official, Mike Barber, told The Associated Press on Monday that the event was still being investigated and no new details were available.
Over the years, many lives have been lost due to collapsing sand holes. People have a hard time breathing because of the weight of the sand, which can also get inside their lungs. Frequently the brain and other organs are often deprived of oxygen.
A 14-year-old boy was found dead in a rural Minnesota location after being buried in a sand hole in late March.
According to Rodney Bartsh, the sheriff for Wabasha County, Hunter Flaxbeard’s death was determined to be accidental suffocation.
A 13-year-old Utah kid was killed in May 2022 when a sand dune he was excavating a tunnel into collapsed and buried him in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in southern Utah.
An 18-year-old man was killed that same month at a beach in Toms River, New Jersey while having fun with his sister when a sizable hole they had dug in the sand collapsed.
Although she was likewise confined, his sister was saved. From Maine, the family was in town.