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Girl dies on Florida beach after sand hole she was digging with little boy collapses

A girl was killed when a hole she was digging on a Florida beach collapsed, burying her and another child who was helping her.

The girl, believed to be about 7 years old, was digging a 5- to 6-foot-deep hole on the beach at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Fort Lauderdale around 3 p.m. Tuesday when she and her 7-year-old It caved in on top of the girl. – Old Boy, NBC Miami report.

The girl was completely buried under the weight of the sand, and the boy was buried up to his chest.

Investigators take photos of the scene of a landslide on a beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, Tuesday, February 20, 2024. AP

“It was an unfathomable accident,” said Sandra King, a spokeswoman for Pompano Beach Fire Rescue. miami herald.

During the time-sensitive rescue operation, firefighters used shovels and boards to clear sand from the hole so they could reach the trapped girl, King said.

King said the girl had stopped breathing by the time rescuers arrived.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate her while transporting her and the boy to Broward Health Medical Center.

The girl was pronounced dead on arrival, King confirmed to the outlet.

“We performed life-saving measures to try to get her pulse back, but her heart rate did not return and she was pronounced dead at the hospital,” Dr. King said.

The boy’s condition was announced to be stable.

It is unclear how long the girl was trapped under the sand before being pulled out. AP

It is unclear whether the children were local residents or tourists visiting the beach. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time due to his age.

Witnesses reportedly shared a video of the boy being pulled out of the sand pit and then being rushed away by emergency workers as others desperately tried to reach the girl. NBC Miami.

It is unclear how long the girl remained under the sand before being pulled out.

The girl was pronounced dead on arrival, officials said. Universal Images Group (Getty Images)

The children were reportedly digging a hole with several adults before the collapse.

Officials said an investigation is underway into how the fatal accident occurred.

The incident occurred about six miles from Chase Stadium, home of the professional Inter Miami CF team.

According to one source, there were 52 cases of people being buried in collapsed sand pits, resulting in 31 deaths between 1997 and 2007. New England Medical Journal report.

The victims ranged in age from 3 to 21 years old.

In May 2023, a 17-year-old man died after digging a hole at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Frisco, North Carolina. The National Park Service said the man collapsed.

The teenager, visiting from Chesapeake, Virginia, was digging a hole in the back dune area behind the main dune at the beach along the Atlantic Ocean when the sand caved in.

Officials said the boy was buried under at least several feet of sand.

In May 2022, an 18-year-old boy and his sister dug a large hole on the Jersey Shore when the sand collapsed, trapping the two brothers.

The 18-year-old boy from Maine was pronounced dead at the scene, but his injured 17-year-old sister survived.

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