Two teenage boys died in tragic circumstances after being trapped by isolated sand landslides in New Jersey and Utah.
In New Jersey, eighteen-year-old Levi Caverley and his 17-year-old sister, both from Maine, were trapped Tuesday when a 10-foot pit they dug fell on a Toms River beach.
Sister Levy was safely rescued. He died in the crash, and crews have since found his body, NBC reports.
Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Ian Spendlow died of his injuries a day after a sand dune he dug collapsed and buried him in Ural State’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park.
Ian was digging a tunnel in the dune when she crashed into it Saturday night, park rangers said. A family member warned authorities, and rangers arrived to dig up the boy from what they said was about 6 and a half feet of sand.
He was rescued and taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
In New Jersey, eighteen-year-old Levi Coverly and his 17-year-old sister, both from Maine, were trapped when a 10-foot pit fell on a Toms River beach.
Pictured: 18-year-old Levi Keverley, who died Tuesday in a sandstorm in New Jersey
Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Ian Spendlow died of his injuries a day after a sand dune he was digging collapsed and buried him in Ural State’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, emergency services arrived in Toms River, New Jersey, near the entrance to Sea Road.
They successfully rescued a 17-year-old girl and assisted her at the scene. Her brother’s body was pulled out of the sand around 6:45 p.m.
Siblings spent a day with family at Ocean Beach III.
Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill Jr. said the pit was dug using a Frisbee.
Aerial photos taken by Fox 5 New York show a rescue team working around a large hole in New Jersey beach on Tuesday night.
A red curtain was erected to cover the hole from the population, as dozens of people worked at the scene. A yellow excavator was parked near the pit, and a fire truck drove up a little further.
The area was cordoned off with yellow tape, and it can be seen that the footage was taken during the completion of work on site.
It showed firefighters and other employees of the First Rapid Response Service pulling wooden boards out of the pit, around which various equipment was scattered on the ground.
The sand crumbles: how to avoid them and save people trapped
According to Harvard researcher Bradley Maron, 60 percent of sand falls are deadly, CBS reports.
When digging holes in the sand, do not make the hole deeper than the knees of the lowest stature.
The most effective way to save a person trapped in the sand is to have fewer people digging.
A few people digging can cause a bigger collapse. Ideally one person will dig and the other should move the sand under the trapped person.
On Saturday, he initially rescued Ian Spendlow from Utah rangers and deputy sheriffs of Kane County.
He had a pulse and CPR. The boy was taken to St. George’s Hospital and then to the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Ian died Sunday without resuming brain activity, the Utah State Parks Division said.
He was from Santa Clara, a small town about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Coral-Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
Travelers and SUVs flock to a park near the Utah-Arizona border for a bright hue of its warm pink sand, which is made of eroding Navajo sandstone.
Devan Chavez, a spokesman for the Parks Agency, said he was unaware of any similar incidents in the coral pink sand dunes, but in 2012 another teenager died after being trapped under a collapsed sand dune in Snow Canyon State Park , about 50 miles. northwest.
An investigation into Saturday’s dune crash continues. The Rangers said it happened quickly and they don’t know how long the boy was buried.
Chavez expressed his condolences to the Spendlow family and urged visitors to stay safe, wear helmets or life jackets and warn others about vacation plans in state parks.
“Always rest with a friend or someone who can help you, or go and help. And always let someone in the area know where you are going and what your plan is, ”he said.