Virginia boy, 17, dies in sand hole collapse in North Carolina

A 17-year-old boy died Saturday after he was found buried in several feet of sand at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, authorities said.

Seashore law enforcement rangers responded at about 2 p.m. to a 911 call about a teenager trapped in a hole that was about a tenth of a mile east of an off-road vehicle ramp in Frisco, the National Park Service said in a statement.

Family and friends had been looking for the teen when they found him in the sand, apparently caused by portions of an adjacent dune collapsing into the hole, according to the statement.

The hole had been dug in a back-dune area that was not visible from the beachfront, the park service said. Officials have not disclosed who dug the hole.

Rangers and other officials worked with the teen’s relatives to pull the teen from the hole while performing CPR on him, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, according to the statement. The victim, whose name was not released, was from Chesapeake, Virginia, the park service said.

“Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers our condolences to his family and friends,” David Hallac, superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in the statement. “We urge visitors not to dig deep holes on the beach due to the danger they present to beachgoers and emergency response staff.”

The incident, which remains under investigation, occurred nearly one year after the deaths of Ian Spendlove, 13, of Santa Clara, Utah, and Levy Caverley, 18, of Maine, last May.

Spendlove died after the tunnel he’d dug into the side of a sand dune at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park collapsed with him inside, officials said in a statement.

Days later, Caverley died after a hole he and his sister were digging in the sand at a New Jersey beach collapsed on them. The sister was rescued and treated at the scene.

And in 2014, a 9-year-old girl died at an Oregon beach and a man died at a California beach in sand hole collapses.

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