Sand cave-ins kill two teens in separate accidents

Two teens died this week after separate accidents in which they were buried in sand caves they were digging.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. (Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

• At Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park on Saturday, Ian Spendlove, 13, of Santa Clara, Utah, was buried by about 6½ feet of sand when a tunnel he was digging collapsed, park officials said.

His family alerted rangers, who dug him out and were able to find a pulse. He was taken to a hospital in St. George but he never regained brain activity, and he died on Sunday.

• At a beach in Toms River, NJ, Levy Caverley, 18, of Maine, died Tuesday after sand fell in on a large hole he was digging with his sister. The girl, 17, was also trapped but was rescued and treated at the scene.

The two had been spending the day with their family near Chadwick Beach, on the ocean side of a barrier island. The hole, which they dug using Frisbees, was reportedly about 10 feet deep.

In 2008, a similar accident occurred at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Park. Three Santa Cruz boys, ages 9, 10 and 11, were trapped when a 6-foot-deep cave that had been dug into the sandy bluff collapsed on them. The 11-year-old, Alfred Seales, died.

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