Santa Cruz Sand Dune Collapse Kills 11-Year-Old

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Investigators are looking into what caused a sand dune to collapse on three boys at a Santa Cruz beach, killing an 11-year-old.

State parks lifeguard supervisor Chip Bockman says the dune near
an entrance to Natural Bridges State Beach collapsed Saturday
afternoon.

Witnesses say one boy was buried for 10 minutes and another partially buried for 5 minutes. The third boy was also under the dune when it came down but fell to the side and was able to help locate the others.

Bockman said the two boys who survived were 9 and 10 years old
but did not describe their conditions.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel,
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-12-08 1519EDT


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