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Young girl dies after sand hole she was digging with little boy collapses on Florida beach as rescuers try to save them, distressing video shows

By Richard Pollina


Distressing footage captured desperate beachgoers using their hands to rescue a young girl who was trapped in a sand hole on a Florida beach before she died on Tuesday.

The girl, believed to be around 5 to 7 years old, had dug a 5- to 6-foot-deep hole at a beach at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Fort Lauderdale at around 3 p.m. Tuesday, when it caved in on her and a 7-year-old boy, NBC Miami reported.

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

Video obtained by CBS Miami showed first responders and good Samaritans digging sand out from the hole as they tried to rescue the trapped girl.

Firefighters were seen using shovels and boards to clear the sand away from the hole as they tried to reach the girl during the time-sensitive rescue.

Investigators on the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., take photos of the scene of a sand collapse on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024.AP 

“It was an unfathomable accident,” Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King told the Miami Herald.

King shared that the girl had stopped breathing by the time rescuers reached her.

Paramedics attempted to revive her while they rushed her and the boy to Broward Health Medical Center.

It remains unclear how long the girl was trapped under the sand.YouTube/CBS Miami

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

“We were conducting life-saving techniques to try to bring her pulse back, and it never did recover, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital,” King said.

The boy was listed as being in stable condition.

It’s unknown how long the girl was trapped under the sand before she was able to be pulled out.AP

It’s unclear if the children were locals or tourists visiting the beach. Their identities are currently being withheld due to the victim’s ages.

A witness shared a video of the boy being rushed away by first responders after being pulled from the sand hole, according to NBC Miami…


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