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Double tragedy as teenagers, 18 and 13, die in separate sand collapses

Tragedy strikes twice: A pair of teenagers, ages 18 and 13, are killed in separate incidents in New Jersey and Utah when the large holes they were both digging in the sand collapse around them.

  • In New Jersey, 18-year-old Levy Caverley and his 17-year-old sister, both from Maine, were trapped when a 10-foot hole they had dug fell onto a beach in Toms River.
  • Levy’s sister was rescued safely. She died during the collapse and crews have since recovered her body.
  • Ian Spendlove, 13, died of his injuries a day after a sand dune he was digging in collapsed and buried him at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Two teenagers have died in tragic circumstances after becoming trapped in separate sandslides in New Jersey and Utah.

In New Jersey, 18-year-old Levy Caverley and his 17-year-old sister, both from Maine, were trapped when a 10-foot hole they had dug fell onto a beach in Toms River.

Levy’s sister was rescued safely. She died during the collapse and crews have since recovered her body. NBC informed.

Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Ian Spendlove died of his injuries a day after a sand dune he was digging in collapsed and buried him in Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Ian had been digging a tunnel in the dune when it collapsed on him Saturday night, park rangers said. A family member alerted authorities and rangers arrived to pull the boy out of what they said was about 6 1/2 feet of sand.

He was rescued and transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

In New Jersey, 18-year-old Levy Caverley and his 17-year-old sister, both from Maine, were trapped when a 10-foot hole they had dug fell onto a beach in Toms River.

In New Jersey, 18-year-old Levy Caverley and his 17-year-old sister, both from Maine, were trapped when a 10-foot hole they had dug fell onto a beach in Toms River.

Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Ian Spendlove died of his injuries a day after a sand dune he was digging in collapsed and buried him in Utah's Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Ian Spendlove died of his injuries a day after a sand dune he was digging in collapsed and buried him in Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Rescuers arrived in Toms River, New Jersey, near the entrance to Seaview Road, shortly after 4 pm Tuesday.

They successfully rescued the 17-year-old girl and treated her at the scene. Her brother’s body was removed from the arena around 6:45 p.m.

The brothers had spent the afternoon with their family at the Ocean Beach III.

Sand collapses: how to avoid them and rescue trapped people

According to Harvard researcher Bradley Maron, 60 percent of sand slides are fatal, CBS reported.

When digging holes in the sand, make them no deeper than the knees of the smallest person in the hole.

The most effective way to rescue someone trapped in the sand is for fewer people to dig.

Several people digging can cause a major collapse. Ideally, one person would be digging and the other would be moving the sand under the trapped person.

Source: CBS

Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill Jr. said the hole had been dug with Frisbees.

Ian Spendlove, from Utah, was initially rescued by Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and park rangers.

They found him with a pulse and gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The boy was transported to a St. George hospital and then to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Ian died Sunday after failing to regain brain activity, the Utah Division of State Parks Department said.

He was from Santa Clara, a small town about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Campers and ATV drivers flock to the park near the Utah-Arizona border for the vibrant hue of its warm pink sand, which is made of weathered Navajo sandstone.

Devan Chavez, a spokesman for the parks agency, said he was not aware of any similar incidents at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, but in 2012, another teen died after becoming trapped under a collapsed sand dune at Snow Canyon State Park. about 50 miles northwest.

Saturday’s dune collapse remains under investigation. Rangers said it happened quickly and they didn’t know how long the boy had been buried.

Chavez offered his condolences to Spendlove’s family and urged visitors to be safe, wear helmets or life jackets and alert others to recreation plans when in state parks.

‘Always recreate with a friend or someone who can help you or go get help. And always let someone away from the area know where you’re going and what your plan is,’ he said.

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