Virginia Teenager Dies After He Is Buried in Sand From Dune Collapse



A youngster from Chesapeake, Va., died after he was buried in a number of ft of sand on Saturday inside a gap that had been dug in a back-dune space at Cape Hatteras Nationwide Seashore in North Carolina, officers mentioned.

The 17-year-old boy, whose identification had not been launched by the authorities, was trapped underground when sand from the adjoining dune collapsed into the opening, the Nationwide Park Service mentioned in an announcement. The back-dune space the place he was caught was not seen from the beachfront, the service mentioned.

{The teenager}’s family and friends had been on the lookout for him on their very own earlier than Seashore legislation enforcement rangers responded to an emergency name at about 2 p.m., the service mentioned. The opening was a few tenth of a mile east of an off-road car ramp in Frisco, N.C., a group on Hatteras Island.

“Rangers labored with relations to extract the teenager whereas concurrently performing CPR,” the service mentioned in an announcement.

Emergency responders from Dare County Emergency Medical Companies and Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue joined within the rescue effort and administered CPR, the service mentioned. The loss of life remained underneath investigation.

“Cape Hatteras Nationwide Seashore affords our condolences to his household and pals,” David Hallac, the superintendent of the Nationwide Parks of Japanese North Carolina, mentioned within the assertion. “We urge guests to not dig deep holes on the seaside as a result of hazard they current to beachgoers and emergency response workers.”

The Nationwide Park Service couldn’t be instantly reached for extra particulars on the investigation.

Cape Hatteras Nationwide Seashore stretches over 70 miles of barrier islands from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island and is a part of the Outer Banks alongside North Carolina’s Atlantic coast. The park was established in 1937 because the nation’s first nationwide seashore for preservation functions, the Nationwide Park Service mentioned.

The seaside, dune, grassland, shrub thicket, maritime forest and salt marsh habitats discovered at Cape Hatteras endure fixed change, and the panorama is a draw for a lot of guests.

Sand collapses have resulted in critical damage and deaths at different dunes and sandy preserves in numerous components of the nation over time.