49-year-old man from Fredericksburg, Va., died yesterday of apparent
suffocation when a hole and tunnel in the sand that he was digging on
the beach collapsed on top of him.
NPS park ranger Jon Anglin
identified the victim as David Frasier who was on the beach just north
of Ramp 27 near Salvo with family and friends.
The park received
the call about 2:40 p.m. about the incident. The National Park
Service, Chicamacomico Banks Rescue, Dare County Emergency Management,
and the Dare County Sheriff's Office responded.
According to the
Park Service report on the incident, there were two holes dug in the
sand about 5 to 6 feet deep. The victim was attempting to
construct a tunnel between the two holes when the sand collapsed.
He was under 5 or 6 feet of sand for about 10 minutes, Anglin said, before he was uncovered by family and friends.
first responders arrived just as the victim was dug out of the sand and
started attempts to revive him that were unsuccessful.
reminds all beachgoers that digging deep holes in the sand may sound
like a lot of fun but it can be a very dangerous thing to do.