Beware of digging in the sand

Adam Pye had just graduated college with a degree in business communication. On a well deserved break, he went with friends to the beach and together they decided to dig a tunnel in the sand. The tunnel was 10 feet deep.


That tunnel killed Adam when it collapsed on him. Friends were briefly able to hold his head clear but lost him when more of the sand collapsed further burying him.

Bystanders came to try to help dig him out., someone call 911 and emergency crews arrived 4 minutes later but, although by the time the EMT arrived, they had just gotten Adam’s head clear it was already too late. Adam was dead at the age of 26.

The point of this post is to let people know that digging holes at the beach (or anywhere else) can become a death trap if they are too deep. Fun as it is to have your kids dig at the beach, be aware of the fact that sand and dirt can collapse and end up burying them. Keep the holes shallow for safety.

Read about Adam’s story here. Read about another similar death here.

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